I got dozens of calls from this group up until October 2013. Turns out the FTC sued them, and got an injunciton. Good riddance. Read this:http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/haunted-phantom-debt and this:http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2013/10/pinnacle.shtm Anyone who gave up money to these people should read these pages and then contact the FTC to see if you can recover your money. Good luck!
I've gotten a call from this number twice so far. When I called back to see who it was, I was given a very rude answer of "You called me, what do you want?" Overall thought of it: Fake company. A real collection agency would have manners and the calls would not be number-specific to one person. As for the debt, they called about a car I supposedly bought -- I don't own a car at all and I haven't bought any.
Rude POS-going through getting serious illness treated and they still call 6-7 times a day-got the solution fixed. It's called selective call forwading from the phone company...you can forward certain numbers to another number. Had them forwarded to the main number at the White House main switchboard and now have them forwarded to a disconnected number.......evil b*****ds!
Got another call from this number today. Last time was in June. Came up as California call on my Caller ID. No message was left. I have no idea who it is. I don't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize.
Got a call from this number. It came up as California call on my Caller ID. I don't know anybody in California nor do have any business with anyone there. No message was left. I don't answer any calls from numbers I don't recognize.
Received a call from this number. Came up as California call on my Caller ID. I don't know anybody in California nor do any business there. I have no idea who this is. No message was left. I don't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize.
Anyone receiving court papers with affidavits by Sue Argentieri are warned her affidavits may be false, bogus, full of hearsay and perjury. Sue claims to have knowledge on accounts by stating she has care, custody and control of all records concerning account of...
Sue's a LIAR!
She's employed by LVNV Funding - they acquired the account after charge off. Her statements are hearsay and blatantly false, yet they plead as true in court filings. This is just another example of lying and using the courts to extort money from consumers. Sue Argentieri should face criminal prosecution for lying on court papers.
To see how these organizations are structured go to:
All of these bottom-feeders started from the same mold, Sherman/Alegis out of Houston was originally started by Frank S. Russo, Tony M. Ettinger, Thomas E. Upton, Samuel Bergman and Richard Dunn all of Houston, Texas. They purchased old debts for pennies, and then set up collection agencies to collect on them at inflated prices.
As with most bottom-feeders, they have had to resort to placing all accounts on consumer credit reports, inflate the balances and demand settlements. Alegis became Sherman, which became LVNV and now Resurgent and Ventus are all in the bottom-feeder business. They do file lawsuits, most with bogus affidavits and pleadings. They use under-educated employees such as Allison Moon of Greenville, SC to sign affidavits where she lies about the authenticity of accounts (see ?Allison Moon is a Liar? below) in their attempts to give credibility to their bogus pleadings. The problem with liars like Allison B. Moon is she makes statements known to be false. Her swearing is nothing more than hearsay and an attempt to defraud consumers out of monies they may not legally owe, not to mention the fraud she and her organizations bring into the courts. Consumers dealing with these bogus filings and affidavits are urged to challenge their validity in order to avoid becoming another victim to their scam and being ripped off.
You are further urged to go after these bottom-feeders for the lies they place on your credit reports. Under provisions of the federal law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) any item placed upon your credit bureau reports MUST be ?accurate.? In my experience, I doubt anything placed by a bottom-feeder could ever meet the legitimacy of that test. Consumers are urged to dispute any LVNV, Sherman, Alegis, Resurgent, Ventus account with the credit bureaus and make demand upon the organizations and their owners to abide by the law. They receive a fat check to lie about things that cause you misery, higher interest rates, credit denials and in most cases, don?t have the required documentation that would meet the definition of ?accurate.? All of these owners, board members, attorneys and employees can and should be held strictly responsible when that information does NOT meet the legal definition, as stated by law.
The reason the Allison B. Moons of this industry are getting away with this is because no one is going after her. That can easily change if enough consumers decide they are fed up at being taken advantage of and strike back at these bogus filings, pleadings and credit bureau placements.
We need to heed the lessons of ENRON and make sure that Allison B. Moon is held accountable when she breaks the law.
CAUTION: I recommend you NEVER disclose your bank account or credit card information to a debt collector, as you risk them emptying your account, or maxing out your credit card. If you feel they are reporting on your credit bureau files in error or need assistance in dealing with them, email the details w/your location. Assistance and referral to a consumer legal specialist may be available.
File complaints with
Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en
Your State Attorney General
State Attorney General is every state they have offices
Link to all State Attorney General Websites www.naag.org
If you or they are located in NY ? use this SPECIAL Link www.NYDebtHelp.com
This special website was created by NY AG Andrew Cuomo specifically for reporting illegal debt collection practices. HE?S CRACKING DOWN AND SHUTTING THEM DOWN!
Also report your calls and contacts with debt collectors at http://www.budhibbs.com/index.html If the company is listed under agencies ? report there. If not on the list YET, click on Watchlist! and add to the list. You can also post here http://www.collectorsexposed.com/forum2/index.php?board=2.0
Debt Collectors DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS INFORMATION!
The INFORMED CONSUMER IS THE DEBT COLLECTORS WORST ENEMY!
Dealing with Debt Collectors
Statute of Limitations by State ? always double check YOUR OWN STATE Government Website
Recording calls from Debt Collectors - always double check YOUR OWN STATE Government Website
From Federal Trade Commission Website ? FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT
Debt Collection FAQs: A Guide for Consumers
If you?re behind in paying your bills, or a creditor?s records mistakenly make it appear that you are, a debt collector may be contacting you.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation?s consumer protection agency, enforces the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which prohibits debt collectors from using abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices to collect from you.
Under the FDCPA, a debt collector is someone who regularly collects debts owed to others. This includes collection agencies, lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis, and companies that buy delinquent debts and then try to collect them.
Here are some questions and answers about your rights under the Act.
What types of debts are covered?
The Act covers personal, family, and household debts, including money you owe on a personal credit card account, an auto loan, a medical bill, and your mortgage. The FDCPA doesn?t cover debts you incurred to run a business.
Can a debt collector contact me any time or any place?
No. A debt collector may not contact you at inconvenient times or places, such as before 8 in the morning or after 9 at night, unless you agree to it. And collectors may not contact you at work if they?re told (orally or in writing) that you?re not allowed to get calls there.
How can I stop a debt collector from contacting me?
If a collector contacts you about a debt, you may want to talk to them at least once to see if you can resolve the matter ? even if you don?t think you owe the debt, can?t repay it immediately, or think that the collector is contacting you by mistake. If you decide after contacting the debt collector that you don?t want the collector to contact you again, tell the collector ? in writing ? to stop contacting you. Here?s how to do that:
Make a copy of your letter. Send the original by certified mail, and pay for a ?return receipt? so you?ll be able to document what the collector received. Once the collector receives your letter, they may not contact you again, with two exceptions: a collector can contact you to tell you there will be no further contact or to let you know that they or the creditor intend to take a specific action, like filing a lawsuit. Sending such a letter to a debt collector you owe money to does not get rid of the debt, but it should stop the contact. The creditor or the debt collector still can sue you to collect the debt.
Can a debt collector contact anyone else about my debt?
If an attorney is representing you about the debt, the debt collector must contact the attorney, rather than you. If you don?t have an attorney, a collector may contact other people ? but only to find out your address, your home phone number, and where you work. Collectors usually are prohibited from contacting third parties more than once. Other than to obtain this location information about you, a debt collector generally is not permitted to discuss your debt with anyone other than you, your spouse, or your attorney.
What does the debt collector have to tell me about the debt?
Every collector must send you a written ?validation notice? telling you how much money you owe within five days after they first contact you. This notice also must include the name of the creditor to whom you owe the money, and how to proceed if you don?t think you owe the money.
Can a debt collector keep contacting me if I don?t think I owe any money?
If you send the debt collector a letter stating that you don?t owe any or all of the money, or asking for verification of the debt, that collector must stop contacting you. You have to send that letter within 30 days after you receive the validation notice. But a collector can begin contacting you again if it sends you written verification of the debt, like a copy of a bill for the amount you owe.
What practices are off limits for debt collectors?
Harassment. Debt collectors may not harass, oppress, or abuse you or any third parties they contact. For example, they may not:
use threats of violence or harm;
publish a list of names of people who refuse to pay their debts (but they can give this information to the credit reporting companies);
use obscene or profane language; or
repeatedly use the phone to annoy someone.
False statements. Debt collectors may not lie when they are trying to collect a debt. For example, they may not:
falsely claim that they are attorneys or government representatives;
falsely claim that you have committed a crime;
falsely represent that they operate or work for a credit reporting company;
misrepresent the amount you owe;
indicate that papers they send you are legal forms if they aren?t; or
indicate that papers they send to you aren?t legal forms if they are.
Debt collectors also are prohibited from saying that:
you will be arrested if you don?t pay your debt;
they?ll seize, garnish, attach, or sell your property or wages unless they are permitted by law to take the action and intend to do so; or
legal action will be taken against you, if doing so would be illegal or if they don?t intend to take the action.
Debt collectors may not:
give false credit information about you to anyone, including a credit reporting company;
send you anything that looks like an official document from a court or government agency if it isn?t; or
use a false company name.
Unfair practices. Debt collectors may not engage in unfair practices when they try to collect a debt. For example, they may not:
try to collect any interest, fee, or other charge on top of the amount you owe unless the contract that created your debt ? or your state law ? allows the charge;
deposit a post-dated check early;
take or threaten to take your property unless it can be done legally; or
contact you by postcard.
Can I control which debts my payments apply to?
Yes. If a debt collector is trying to collect more than one debt from you, the collector must apply any payment you make to the debt you select. Equally important, a debt collector may not apply a payment to a debt you don?t think you owe.
Can a debt collector garnish my bank account or my wages?
If you don?t pay a debt, a creditor or its debt collector generally can sue you to collect. If they win, the court will enter a judgment against you. The judgment states the amount of money you owe, and allows the creditor or collector to get a garnishment order against you, directing a third party, like your bank, to turn over funds from your account to pay the debt.
Wage garnishment happens when your employer withholds part of your compensation to pay your debts. Your wages usually can be garnished only as the result of a court order. Don?t ignore a lawsuit summons. If you do, you lose the opportunity to fight a wage garnishment.
Can federal benefits be garnished?
Many federal benefits are exempt from garnishment, including:
Social Security Benefits
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits
Civil Service and Federal Retirement and Disability Benefits
Service Members? Pay
Military Annuities and Survivors? Benefits
Railroad Retirement Benefits
Merchant Seamen Wages
Longshoremen?s and Harbor Workers? Death and Disability Benefits
Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Benefits
Compensation for Injury, Death, or Detention of Employees of U.S. Contractors Outside the U.S.
Federal Emergency Management Agency Federal Disaster Assistance
But federal benefits may be garnished under certain circumstances, including to pay delinquent taxes, alimony, child support, or student loans.
Do I have any recourse if I think a debt collector has violated the law?
You have the right to sue a collector in a state or federal court within one year from the date the law was violated. If you win, the judge can require the collector to pay you for any damages you can prove you suffered because of the illegal collection practices, like lost wages and medical bills. The judge can require the debt collector to pay you up to $1,000, even if you can?t prove that you suffered actual damages. You also can be reimbursed for your attorney?s fees and court costs. A group of people also may sue a debt collector as part of a class action lawsuit and recover money for damages up to $500,000, or one percent of the collector?s net worth, whichever amount is lower. Even if a debt collector violates the FDCPA in trying to collect a debt, the debt does not go away if you owe it.
What should I do if a debt collector sues me?
If a debt collector files a lawsuit against you to collect a debt, respond to the lawsuit, either personally or through your lawyer, by the date specified in the court papers to preserve your rights.
Where do I report a debt collector for an alleged violation?
Report any problems you have with a debt collector to your state Attorney General?s office (www.naag.org) and the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov). Many states have their own debt collection laws that are different from the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Your Attorney General?s office can help you determine your rights under your state?s law.
For More Information
To learn more about debt collection and other credit-related issues, visit www.ftc.gov/credit and MyMoney.gov, the U.S. government?s portal to financial education.
The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters consumer complaints into the Consumer Sentinel Network, a secure online database and investigative tool used by hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad