I have had them calling friends and family leaving threatening vm also. I am filling a complaint against them.
These people are awful and have no regard for the FDCPA. They call me at work when I have told them that I can't receive calls at work. They refuse to validate the debt. They will not tell me what the debt is for. They pose as lawyers and threaten legal action. They give false names. They are angry and mean. They hang up on me when I ask genuine questions to try and figure out why they are calling.
Please, please file a complaint with BBB, FTC, and CFPB. We all need to work together to keep these bottom-feeder debt collectors from doing these illegal practices. This "company" has committed so many violations. Shame on them.
I wonder if there is any connection to this news story. It sounds like the same M.O.
http://consumerist.com/2014/05/19/ftc-shuts-d ... rest-consumers/
I got a call from a Ms.Miller from Fitzgerald Goldman and Associates who stated that she was calling about a civil complaint being filed against me from a client in my county. She did tell me that it was about a payday loan I had with company called paydayloanyes from 2009. I did have a loan with the company before but it had been paid off. I advised her that I had already paid this off but needed to find my paperwork. I am not sure where my paperwork is because it has been awhile and I do not want to pay on something that I have already paid off. I also see where everyone is saying this is a scam.
Did they tell you what debt you were paying that's the information they want give out
Got a call today was threatened to take my car away
Have received many calls from this company - saying that they will service me papers. I have a police report reporting fraud out on these people. Norman Strong called and I told him that I have a police report out there, he is just trying to harrass people in giving them money. All a scam. Wish the authority could catch these people.
That scum bag Norman strong called me and threaten me telling me I owe money, I told him send me the information and let look into it, He says no, your going to jail , scam artist people, be-careful, he decided to call me a dead beat because I asked him for proof, then he turns around and says the banks don't lie, I told him you lie if you got no proof, he says I worked at a place called fantasy cuts, little does he know I owned it, then he goes on and says I'm a dead beat for not wanting to pay this loan, like I told mr strong , what you make in one week , I make in one day. Scam
Allen Tanner called me about a loan! I told him to send me a email, The email was what I agree to. I did 100 immediately, 250.00 for March, 250 for April. When moved my payment up early, a different company called me for the same debt! I callef him and told Allen Tanner. He told me he would handle it, the catch is the other company told me my bill is 350! Not 500...So i did research on the company! St.Johns rental company told me the have been evicted!!!!!! This company is not licensed in the state of Maryland!!!!!!! Do not pay....I'm doing a charge back now#!!! Pay day are illegal in most states!
Did you ever figure out who they are
You should report this to the FTC/FCC. It is illegal for a debt collector to continue to call your personal or work phone if you've requested them to stop.
I am getting multiple calls from this company too... they accused me of having a pay day loan debt. the loan was taken out in 2005... In 2005 I was 16 years old... WTF! can you get a pay day loan at 16??? I have and i will never take out pay day loans. these people keep calling me and my family and are causing nothing but trouble... every time they call they they ask for a different name but always give my same last name but add Sir or Jr Senior.. ect... what a crack of s***.... i ask for there address but they never give it.. if a collection agency wants a payment then they need to give out the address right ???? DO NOT PAY THESE PEOPLE MONEY THEY ARE A SCAM!!!!!!! SCAM!!!!!! they will not come after you they will not press charges they will not arrest you because they are a SCAM!@!!!
Fitzgerald Goldman & Associates, have starting calling my place of employment and cell phone. They have threatened me with legal action or being arrested on my job. I spoke with one rude man last night. He wouldn't tell me the full name of his company he only said F G A. Nor would he give me an address. I ask him to stop calling me or send me a letter of what they want. He hung up. A threatening message was left this morning at my place of employment. I called the number and spoke with a man who didn't acknowledge my request to stop illegally calling my job. These people need to be prosecuted.
Hi Mr. Norman Strong how is your day. Please get a job and stop scamming us hard working people.
A Allen Tanner called a few days ago demanding I pay for a debt. Would not say who the original creditor was, but threatened me with being served papers. Said he would mail a copy of the bill/original creditor information to me (never asked or confirmed my addressed) and email me a copy. Emailed copy is a misspelled Word document and I have not received anything in the mail.
I refused to pay with out the above mentioned information and was told I would be served with papers that night and that my paycheck would be garnished because he had already gotten the information from my employer. When I mentioned that only a court could legally get that information and it would be something that happened after a court date I was ignored. I was then placed on a brief hold and when "Allen" came back on the line he said they had made a mistake and to "Please disregard this matter".
Check out this thread: http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-304-4882 (I posted a more detailed response of my experience there.) DO NOT PAY THESE PEOPLE!
I meant to say FTC, not FBI... there isn't an option to edit my original post.
A few days ago I received a call from "Allen Tanner" stating I owed $1037 and needed to pay immediately or I would be served with a summons. I was suspicious of this because I have no outstanding debts, so I took his information down and asked to be mailed a bill stating what I owed and who the original creditor was. "Allen" agreed and also offered to email me a copy. (I gave him my spam email address, just in case.) As we hung up I said I would be in contact with him once I got the information.
The next morning he called asking if I was ready to pay. I told him I did not receive the email he said he was going to send, and there was no way any mail would have arrived in less than 24 hours. He again stressed that I needed to pay immediately to avoid being served with legal documents and possibly having my paycheck garnished. I refused to pay anything until I received documentation of what I owed. "Allen" agreed to send me an email ASAP. He then called me back five minutes later to let me know the email was sent. 20 minutes later he called back again to ask if I had looked over the email and was ready to pay!! I told him I wasn't able to check my email at that time, but when I had a chance I would call him back. About an hour later I was able to check my email, and found his, which had a Microsoft Word document attached to it saying I owed Creekwood Holdings.
"Damon Hall <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Please find letter attached regarding the details of the payment arrangement that was offered and agreed upon to resolve your account. Feel free to contact your representative should you have any further questions or concerns regarding your account. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in resolving this matter."
I find it very interesting that I was speaking to "Allen Tanner" who then sent an email from "Damon Hall" which has "nstrong" as the name for the email address.
I searched the name of the company and phone number, finding this thread. As I was reading through "Allen" called me back, once again asking if I had a chance to look at the email. He again wanted me to pay immediately or "they" would serve me. I asked who "they" were and he said his client. When I said that only officers of the court could serve papers he ignored me and went on to say he had already spoken with my work and got information for a garnishment of wages. Fortunately, I know that is illegal and told him he wasn't able to get that information without going through the court.
Again, he ignored me and asked if **** were the last four of my social security number. They were not, and I told him so, but also did not offer the correct numbers. He then started muttering to himself (as if he was typing) and was saying an old address of mine. I did not correct him with my current address. "Allen" asked if I could hold. Less than a minute later he came back and said "We've made a mistake. Please disregard this matter." and hung up the phone.
I reported the incident to the FBI. I have not heard from anyone since, but have also submitted the information to my lawyer.
Don't be fooled by these people! DO NOT PAY FITZGERALD, GOLDMAN & ASSOCIATES!
Fed up with SCAMS
"Norman Strong" called me from this number identifying himself as a representative for Fitzgerald Goldman and Associates. He asked me if I remembered something from May 2011 and informed me that he had a copy of my driver's license that proves I am responsible for the debt. I informed him that he was calling me in the middle of the day at work asking me to recall my account history from 2 years ago and expecting that because he states he has a copy of my license, that I am supposed to cough up some sort of payment is ludicrous. He asked if I am refusing to pay so that he can document this "attempt to collect a debt" as a refusal. I stated that I am confused and cannot discuss documents that he claims to have that are not in front of me. He began raising his voice and talking over me, which I hope was recorded as he advised in the beginning of the conversation. I hung up because he would not allow me to complete my sentence.
This may be of interest to you:
http://www.mandflaw.com/blog/fitzgerald--gold ... t-to-co-wor.cfm
I don't know if this is the same company or note. For some reason, the BBB has given them a B- rating.
http://www.bbb.org/greater-maryland/business- ... lle-md-90208272
thank you for the information i will definately do that asap i appreciate it you were a big help to me stressing over this thank you again
And as an FYI - if you have given them any personal information like bank account or SSN - please alert your bank immediately and tell them to put fraud alerts on your accounts. Also contact one of the three credit agencies (Experian, Equifax, TransUnion) and do the same. You may also want to contact your local Social Security office and let them know what's going on as well.
NEVER pay anyone who says you owe them money UNLESS they mail (not email or fax) documentation proving you owe this debt to them. Only very shady debt collectors and scammers threaten people because they have no way of actually proving the debt is valid and that you do owe it to them. Also, no one gets a heads up they'll be served court papers - the court process server just shows up. From the language you say they use - wishing you "luck" and the push to pay immediately - this tells me they're scammers who can't do a darn thing to you. Even if you did owe a debt, it's illegal to threaten you this way.
Report the calls to the FTC, the FBI and your state's Attorney General. When these jokers call back, tell them you're recording all calls they make to you on the advice of your attorney for multiple violations of the FDCPA (even if you don't have an attorney).
Please read about the FDCPA and learn your rights as a consumer. Again - never pay any Tom, Dick or Harry who calls saying you owe a debt unless they send mailed proof that it's your debt and that they can collect that debt.
i went and am going through the same thing right now just different name, to who keeps calling me.now they say if they don't hear back from me or counsel by end of day today they wish me luck. after reading these articles makes me feel a little better about the calls etc. should i worry about any court hearing etc.? i told them i can make payment of 25-30 they refused. said it has to be what i verbally agreed on. i said the other day when spoke to them on phone if i cant afford the payment you want than what makes you think you can get 3000.00 from me for courts costs etc. they said well you will eventually have a job we can garnish your wages. i have my balance down to 360.00 with them out of 720.00 i told them i wouldn't spend that much on lawyer fees etc. for $360.00 balance owed
have you heard anymore from them? i went and am going through the same thing right now just different name, to who keeps calling me.now they say if they don't hear back from me or counsel by end of day today they wish me luck. after reading these articles makes me feel a little better about the calls etc. should i worry about any court hearing etc.? i told them i can make payment of 25-30 they refused. said it has to be what i verbally agreed on. i said the other day when spoke to them on phone if i cant afford the payment you want than what makes you think you can get 3000.00 from me for courts costs etc. they said well you will eventually have a job we can garnish your wages. i have my balance down to 360.00 with them out of 720.00 i told them if i wouldn't spend that much on lawyer fees etc. for $360.00 balance owed
so glad i found this
My mom received threatening messages from Scott Williams about a debt but wouldn't give her any information on the debt and I finally called him and told him everything during the time of his rude loud statements and him yelling at me saying I had to give them payment I told him I would not and they had to send me to court before I would pay them. I then received a call from Melissa Evans a few days later asking to verify my address for the papers to be served to me. In talking with her she was more than willing to work a deal with me because she was in the same boat a few years earlier and went to court and had to pay more a month than the collection agency would settle for out of court. I wish I would have found this website before I made a payment because I mad a $51 payment and was told that I would receive a letter describing the arrangements via email within 24hrs and via mail within 7 business days. It has been a month and still notification along with Ms. Evans or anyone else not returning my calls. So I changed all my information and they have not received another payment from me or contacted me on the matter. I am more than willing to pay my debts only if you give me all the information in writing so I can verify who they are and are representing.
I just received a call from a Melissa Evans. I answered the phone and took a message for myself. In the call she informed me that this was for xxxx and it was able a legal matter pending(violation). She then when on to ask for the number to payroll so that garnishment paperwork could get started (violation) and that she would be contacting coroporte office about this matter (violation). I guess she assumed it was me but she couldn't prove it so she shouldn't had given me all of that information.\
Where do I go to file a complaint? What are the steps?
These people have been doing the same thing to me and have told me that I would be served papers at my place of employment....they told me a general thing that the debt was for but not a company and I offered to pay $50 a month and informed them I am getting the money together to file bankruptcy they refused the $50 a month and told me I had to pay $100, I told them I would try but then they wanted my debit card information and I told them I was not comfortable giving them that information because I have received no information from them they said that it was mailed and that was all they had to do...they have threatened to garnish 25% of my check if I don't give them my debit card information The person leaving messages for me is Sharon Klein. When I told them I was filing bankruptcy next month she said you do realize it costs $2000-3000 and I told her I would be getting money from school and she said well your wasting your time going to school if your filing bankruptcy because employers look at your credit report and you wont get a job. I also asked for them to email me information about them and the debt before I gave them my card number they refused....I was going to try to pay the $100 a month but now Im not so sure...i see on here where everyone says its a scam so for those that have ignored them there were no garnishments summons or anything like that?????
Once again Fitzgerald, Goldman, and Associates (there is no Fitzgerald or Goldman there by the way) and threated to have me served at my home or place of employment..... In my state it is illegal to threaten legal action unless you actually intend to file. They have attempted in the past to represent county officials, and have called at work as well. They are a hard lined collection company, not a legal firm.... in any sense. I have reported them to my State's Attorney General. If you are being harassed.... file a complaint!!!
Sick & Tired
I received a call today and the number registers as 561-282-6003 which is registered to Harvard Lending Group in Lantana, FL. The message that was left was from a Scott Williams, the message was not understandable, but the # they left was #888-304-4882 ext.1007 & then left a case #. He was very threatening saying they were going to serve me at work and file in the county I live in. He wanted to talk to me before they made a final decision. I am so sick of this, I get calls every day.
Also said pending legal action in a county I don;t live in or haven't lived in in 7 years .. I looked for pending action with the county..nada... called my lawyer.. he called them, they said they will keep calling till I pay, but wouldn;t tell him either... I went thru bankruptcy 2 years ago, they think this is a scam, looking for what was there at that time
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, is warning consumers to be on the alert for scam artists posing as debt collectors. It may be hard to tell the difference between a legitimate debt collector and a fake one. Sometimes a fake collector may even have some of your personal information, like a bank account number. A caller may be a fake debt collector if he:
?is seeking payment on a debt for a loan you do not recognize;
?refuses to give you a mailing address or phone number;
?asks you for personal financial or sensitive information; or
?exerts high pressure to try to scare you into paying, such as threatening to have you arrested or to report you to a law enforcement agency.
If you think that a caller may be a fake debt collector:
?Ask the caller for his name, company, street address, and telephone number. Tell the caller that you refuse to discuss any debt until you get a written "validation notice." The notice must include the amount of the debt, the name of the creditor you owe, and your rights under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
If a caller refuses to give you all of this information, do not pay! Paying a fake debt collector will not always make them go away. They may make up another debt to try to get more money from you.?Stop speaking with the caller. If you have the caller's address, send a letter demanding that the caller stop contacting you, and keep a copy for your files. By law, real debt collectors must stop calling you if you ask them to in writing.
?Do not give the caller personal financial or other sensitive information. Never give out or confirm personal financial or other sensitive information like your bank account, credit card, or Social Security number unless you know whom you're dealing with. Scam artists, like fake debt collectors, can use your information to commit identity theft ? charging your existing credit cards, opening new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, writing fraudulent checks, or taking out loans in your name.
?Contact your creditor. If the debt is legitimate ? but you think the collector may not be ? contact your creditor about the calls. Share the information you have about the suspicious calls and find out who, if anyone, the creditor has authorized to collect the debt.
?Report the call. Contact the FTC and your state Attorney General's office with information about suspicious callers. Many states have their own debt collection laws in addition to the federal FDCPA. Your Attorney General's office can help you determine your rights under your state's law.