888-459-0999
Linda Bartlett
Linda Bartlett
2012-01-25 17:13:53
Unknown
I received at my office from a Paul Reese claiming to be an attorney for this brachman law group.
He was looking for my son who has never worked for my company. Please advise me how I can
file a claim to prevent these people from calling me. Neither my son, nor myself have any idea what this is about. Thank you.
don
don
2011-12-21 02:27:08
Debt Collector
i keep receiving letters saying they will reduce the collection by half.  now they are calling anyone they know i am related to & asking them to ask me to call them... I did (star67) & left a really "nice" message.
KO
KO
2011-09-07 18:50:28
Unknown
My landlord kept receiving calls from 888-459-0999 at first she did not answer the calls and they never left a message but this morning 09-07-11 she did answer and she was told they were looking for me, she said they called her all day for over two weeks.  I went to my lawyer and was told this was a scan and other people have received calls from the same phone number.  What I can't figure out is why would they call my landlord and not me?  And how did they get her private blocked home number?
steno
steno
2011-06-06 21:05:33
Unknown
I have received several calls today from this number.  They ask for James and there is no James that lives at my address.  How do I make it stop?
Rob
Rob
2011-06-06 21:05:33
Unknown
This is a collection agency in California. They violate the Fair Debt Collection Act all the time, even if you ask them to stop calling they will not comply. They purchase your account from the creditor and hassle you until you pay, commit suicide or change your phone. Check Bud Hibbs web site for more information about them. They called me about a disputed debt until I programmed my phone to dump their calls into voice mail..
melissa
melissa
2011-06-06 21:05:33
Unknown
calling for brachfeld and associates
Leo
Leo
2011-06-06 21:05:33
Unknown
Five times per day I receive calls from this number.  They may be trying to collect from a person who previously was assigned this number.  I AM NOT THAT PERSON.  What can I do to end these calls?
villedonna
villedonna
2011-06-06 21:05:33
Unknown
Telephone call from Jennifer of Brachfeld and Associates, (first contact from this entity).  Jennifer told me she was calling from a debt collection law firm in Texas. I asked Jennifer to send me written information about the alleged debt.  When I requested her firm’s telephone number and address, Jennifer hung up on me.

Here is their actual contact information:
Brachfeld & Associates, P.C.
20300 S. Vermont Ave., Suite 120
Torrance, CA  90502-1338

Do what I am doing -- contact a National Association of Consumer Advocates attorney to pursue this company for FDCPA violations.
ki glenn
ki glenn
2011-06-06 21:05:33
Unknown
Brachfled and a**. are calling five times a day they are lying , threating and misrepresenting themselves. THey are making threats and they are not compling with with our cease and desist as well as proof in writing. They are bad...bad news and I am not taking this lying down.
PKB
PKB
2011-05-19 18:46:25
Debt Collector
This is a number that a person represending Brachfield just called and wanted me to call back on a debt I owe. The original number is 713-579-7000. I have been told that they are a scam company and that this is harassment.  this needs to stop. They need to be threatned.  I will report both numbers to the do not call and may even write the bbb
lamet
lamet
2010-01-26 16:29:37
Unknown
BRACHFIELD IS A SCAM SHE CLAIMS TO BE AN ATTORNEY IN EVERY STATE AND SHE IS NOT! HER FATHER LOST HIS LAW LICENSE HIMSELF!  


http://www.budhibbs.com/collectorpages/meridian.htm
Meridian Management Solutions
aka/Erica Lynn Brachfeld & Associates, P.C.
dba/ California Meridian Management Solutions
aka/The Minority Legal Network


THE BRACHFELD & ASSOCIATES

SCAM CONTINUES?opens in new page




Brachfeld & Associates are licensed to practice law in the State of California.  NOT in the State of Texas! NONE of her organizations, collecting debts in Texas are licensed or bonded, a violation of Texas law.  Their collectors are calling Texas residents threatening legal actions by attorney Brachfeld. This is a CONSUMER SCAM!  If you are contacted by any of the organizations listed above, contact us for assistance and referral to attorneys who can deal with them. Do NOT believe what they tell you, they are lying.


SHUBINCollect America (CACH,CACV Franchisee)
20300 S. Vermont Ave.,
Suite 120
Torrance, CA  90502-1338
P.O. Box 11029
Carson, CA 90749
Phone: 888-459-0999
310-273-7867
Fax: 310-273-9867   800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S.

#200

Houston, TX 77042

Phone: 866-834-6218

866-354-3556

866-834-3556

866-917-1298

713-579-7000

Web Address: www.brachfeldcollections.com
 Head Debt Collector:
Erica Lynn Brachfeld

aka Erica Lynn Shubin

CA Attorney at Law, Bar#180683

NOT a Lawyer in Texas
Picture Courtesy Google Images


Erica Lynn Brachfeld Shubin

Malibu/Torrance CA




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Bud Says                         Consumer Comments Below

CONSUMER ALERT!
THE BRACHFELD LAW OFFICE SCAM

We receive a number of calls regarding Brachfeld law offices operating out of Torrance, CA, Houston, TX and their newest in Ohio. Here is what you need to know about Brachfeld:

Erica Lynn Brachfeld-Shubin, 40, of Malibu, CA, is licensed to practice law in CA only. Her Torrance, CA office, run by her father, Martin S. ?Marty? Brachfeld, 68, is a former disbarred CA lawyer, for stealing money from a client. Marty is certainly qualified to operate a collection agency that rips off the American consumer.

Marty runs the operations described as a large room crammed with cubicles -- about twenty all total. At the end of the room is a white board on which a supervisor post the names and numbers (dollar totals) of the collectors who are performing best that day. So, the collectors are under pressure from each other -- and Erica and her Dad -- to really hammer the people they call. It is utterly barbaric.

They hired a young (smart & talented) attorney in Houston so they can legally claim that they operate as a law office in Texas. The attorney has never litigated a debt collection case, as he has no background or experience in debt collection law. This fraud upon consumers, perpetrated by Marty, the thief and former attorney, along with Erica, with the appearance of being purposely designed to threaten, harass, intimidate, and then litigate claims against consumers based on accounts where they have little or no valid proof. Try disputing a Brachfeld claim; see what they (do not) send you.

Consumers, be forewarned of this fraud and take actions to neutralize the Brachfelds and their lying debt collectors. In the majority of cases it is widely held, that retaining a consumer law professional on any Brachfeld case, could result in a dismissal of their claim. ?Why? Because Marty lies and you should never trust a liar. Marty is an accomplished scam artists with lots of experience.

Does Marty teach his debt collectors to lie, threaten, harass and intimidate consumers just to line his pockets? Does anybody really believe that Brachfeld is really a law office, or merely a tool for Marty and Erica to lies and steal more money from unsuspecting consumers? I doubt that Erica has the capacity to litigate a collection case, Marty is a has been in the law profession and their Texas attorney is nothing more than a rent-a-lawyer, to skirt the law.

The cost of retaining an attorney may be only a fraction of what a lawsuit and potential judgment could cost you, including the possibility of wage garnishment, liens against property and seizure of bank accounts. Why would anyone want to give up money to a criminal organization such as Brachfeld when it could be much easier to defeat them. Marty and Erica have written many checks to consumer attorneys for their illegal debt collection practices, a consumer law professional can assess your situation and advise you, based on your dealings with them.

Marty Brachfeld is a criminal, using the system to enrich himself and help pay for Erica?s $2 million Malibu home. Why would anyone send these creeps a dime?

If you need assistance dealing with the Brachfeld?s scam, contact us for assistance and referral to consumer law attorneys who can assist you.
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




THE BRACHFELD & ASSOCIATES SCAM CONTINUES?



March 2009 ? Bud Hibbs © Consumer Justice ?Voice of the American Consumer



California debt collection attorney Erica Lynn Brachfeld-Shubin continues to represent to consumers that she is a Texas attorney, when she is not. Erica is still sending out letters asking for money under the name of:



Law Offices of Brachfeld & Associates

800 West Sam Houston Parkway South

Suite #200

Houston, TX, 77042



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Erica Lynn Brachfeld-Shubin has been lying to and misrepresenting debts to consumers for what appears to be several years. A closer look into her background may reveal where she learned how to lie, mislead and apparently, taking is money that she is not entitled.



              It seems that Erica?s father was an attorney until he got caught stealing money from a client. and was ordered by the Bar to take the professional responsibility exam -- and he took it, but he COULD NOT PASS, so they stripped him of his license until he passes.  I am not making this up; he could not pass the professional responsibility exam.  Now he runs his daughter's debt collection firm. Who better to teach collectors how to steal than a former thief.



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September 15, 2002



MARTIN STEVEN BRACHFELD, 64,  #8154, of Westlake Village was suspended for three months, stayed, placed on one year of probation and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Sept. 19, 2002.



Brachfeld's law firm obtained a judgment of $300,000 against a mortgage account holder on behalf of a bank. The bank agreed that if the account holder paid $1,000 a month, or if he paid $150,000, the bank would file a satisfaction of judgment.



Brachfeld collected the payments and gave the bank nearly $19,000 over a two-year period. However, without the bank's approval, he then agreed to settle the account for $32,000. Without informing the bank, he filed papers with the court to satisfy the judgment.



He stipulated that he did not keep his client informed of significant developments in its case.



In mitigation, Brachfeld has no prior record of discipline and he cooperated with the bar's investigation. Three months prior to the misconduct, he completed a year and a half of rehabilitation from a near fatal automobile accident, which left him in a coma for two weeks. He fractured his skull and broke his spine, pelvis and both legs. Brachfeld lived in a rehabilitation facility during his recovery.



A recent visitor to their office stated: ?There is a large room crammed with cubicles -- about twenty all total.  At the end of the room is a white board on which a supervisor post the names and numbers (dollar totals) of the collectors who are performing best that day.  Therefore, the collectors are under pressure from each other -- and Erica and her Dad -- to really hammer the people they call.  It's utterly barbaric.?



Still with Collect America



              It appears that Erica and Marty Brachfeld still hold a Collect America franchise (Aka/CACH/CACV) but will file lawsuits for almost anyone willing to write them a check, such as Arrow Financial. They face many lawsuits for allowing their employees to pose as attorneys, District Attorney?s, Attorney?s General and other law enforcement. In viewing all the garbage that comes out of this debt collection dumpster it appears to be just a matter of time until both Erica and her father start dealing with criminal charges, rather than civil one?s. They appear to be a crime wave that will surely end in possible jail times for their blatant disregard of the law and consumer rights.



              Erica and her spouse live in Malibu where he is an architect. Having viewed his website I wondered if he was aware of the depth of illegal activities perpetrated by his wife and father-in-law. There is the potential that she too could lose her law license as well as face financial ruin from the mounting lawsuits filed against her organization. It is important that consumers report their illegal activities to the CA & TX State Bars as well as the Federal Trade Commission for possible actions. It is always in your best interest to tape Brachfeld collector calls (where legal) to aide in bring charges or lawsuits against those employees who break the law.



              Erica & Marty Brachfeld has little or no idea of the events and circumstances contained in the lawsuits that they file. They are a paper mill that produces bogus documents as fast as can be printed. It is a known fact that hiring an attorney and fighting them will cost a fraction of what they will get in a lawsuit. Do NOT allow them to obtain a default judgment, respond to their suits, challenge every single claim they make. Record their collector?s calls, especially those posing as lawyers. Texas residents should file ethics complaints with the State Bar of Texas. It appears they are practicing law here without a license.



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Scamming the American Consumer

              There is no other way to describe Erica Lynn Brachfeld-Shubin and Martin S. Brachfeld (former disbarred and disgraced attorney) along with their bottom feeder, junk debt collection agencies; Brachfeld & Associates, Meridian Management and Minority Legal Management than a massive scam of the American Consumer. It is my opinion, based on the hundreds of emails I have received, court cases filed and negative information about these organizations that no one should be paying them anything. It may be in consumers?s best interest to make them prove every claim they make in court filings including the bogus affidavits filed with purchased debt claims. The lawyers they use usually have little or no knowledge of what they are actually filing and most may not want to get involved in protracted litigation. Everyone should be aware that Brachfeld is a junk debt collector/buyer with no knowledge of your accounts except what she reads off a computer screen after purchasing charged off debts. Desperate collectors base her entire operations on bogus filing, lies, and perjured documents and threats. No one should be paying on this fraud. Let us bring Erica and Marty Brachfeld to justice, hold them accountable for their actions. America is tired of being ripped-off by these con artists; Marty is proof that once a thief, always a thief. Erica is NOT a lawyer in Texas. C?mon America, stop paying, start suing and filing complaints with the state bars, the attorney general and FTC. Let?s get rid of this trash and put them in a cell where they belong.



If you need a referral to a consumer attorney, contact us: cap@budhibbs.com

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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

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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
    Veterans? Benefits
    Civil Service and Federal Retirement and Disability Benefits
    Service Members? Pay
    Military Annuities and Survivors? Benefits
    Student Assistance
    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
February 2009
Rox1508
Rox1508
2010-01-26 15:55:46
Unknown
I received calls from this collection company for about five or six months threatening court action if we did not pay the creditor through her law firm.   I told her she would have to take whatever steps her firm deemed necessary because I did not have the money to pay.  Then in December when finances were better, I began negotiating with her.  She called in early December 2009 offering a payoff of 60% reduction in the amount owed.  I told her that we would probably be able to take advantage of the 60% reduction in the bill in January.  She called in early January 2010 and again asked for the payoff.  I explained that we would have the money in place by mid month.  She called back on January 25 around 6pm.  Her assertion that she had to get the money immediately to avoid prosecution caused me to pause.  Why would she threaten me with prosecution when I am actually prepared to make the payment?  This made me feel uneasy about the entire thing.  What would happen if I pay her and she is scamming me?  My husband had instructed me to secure documentation reflecting that she was representing the creditor; but we had not discussed securing information on her company.  Not until I stated that I was going to do an on-line search on her company did her posture change to almost wimpy.

This is how the discussion went:
When the call came on January 25, 2010, I advised the caller that I was prepared to pay the debt; however, I needed a breakdown showing what I owed and a statement from the company to whom the debt was owed approving this arrangement.  I advised her that once I received that information, my husband and I would release the funds.  She stated that land mail would be too time consuming because the payment was time sensitive.  She asked if she could fax the information.  I told her that I do not have a fax but that she could email the information and I gave her the email address.  Then I explained that once this information is received, I would do an on-line review of her firm because my husband and I would not run the risk of the money not being credited properly or falling victim to a scam.  She shifted from pushy to extremely meek when I stated that I would conduct an on-line check on her company.  The email has not arrived and we are into day two of waiting.  The email still might come but after reading all the information on this site, we will not pay through this firm.  We are making direct contact with the bank; however, we think the bank in question failed during the big crash last year.

Thanks for all the information.  You probably saved us from being scammed.
techno22601
techno22601
2010-01-13 21:59:22
Debt Collector
Yeah these snakes started calling us yesterday and to their dismay they left a message on our voice-mail that clearly violates the FDCPA. I was able to call them back and the female at the extension # left for us to contact was very rude, etc. I told her that our call was being recordd and she began quoting law to me about how illegal that is :)  I quickly informed her that my recording was NOT illegal for two reasons... 1st, their auto-mated system states that you may be recorded and in Virginia as long as one of the parties involved in the call (in this case ME) is aware that the conversation is being recorded, it's LEGAL. I also informed her that we had another snake group like hers calling us two years ago and one lady left a message  on our voice-mail that we were being "indicted" by our county court and that the Sheriff would be arresting my wife, etc. Needless to say we got a lawyer, filed a suit in federal court and WON. At that point she hung up on me :)
who cares
who cares
2009-12-22 13:36:00
Unknown
i get calls from meridian management several times a day- but i have caller id- so i never answer their calls.i make it a habit of not answering unknown phone calls and i have signed uo with the national do not call registry. note that the registry does not cover debt collection calls.these guys want you to answer the phone so that they can attempt to intimidate and embarrass you over the phone. if you dont answer them youre already ahead of the game.their only weapon is annoyance, so dont give them the opportunity.
repor them
repor them
2009-12-11 20:56:23
Unknown
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L
2009-12-04 22:27:54
Debt Collector
They called my mom who is 90 and she called me. I called them and the women is interesting at best. I asked for verification of who they were and when she called back she claimed she had sent it. Told me she would see me in court. They are in Mass now.  When I asked for her address she had to put me on hold. Just wron company name and wrong suite.  They have 2 numbers.
866-598-9371   713-579-7000
DawnValJean
DawnValJean
2009-04-27 22:41:36
Debt Collector
this company keeps calling me looking for Ubaldo Espinosa
I have repeatedly told them no one by that name lives here
They continue to call this is bordering on harrassment
I want them to stop calling me I dont know a ubaldo nor do I have plans to get to know him
I to sent a complaint to the FTC
James dyess
James dyess
2008-11-21 23:59:39
Unknown
Sign me up this gal Erica filed suit against me in court I have never even spoke with her or gotten any letters from her office and in order for me to go to the case management conference I had to pay a filing fee of $180
Ta
Ta
2008-09-25 15:08:21
Unknown
I recibe this is the 2do day i recibe this calls they ask for my. why ???.  I do not awnser any question. they now my name i dont now this num. i  make a report in the police station right now.
JB
JB
2008-09-06 04:01:59
Unknown
Go to www.naca.net and contact an attorney in your state.  Hold these clowns accountable!
Helen
Helen
2008-09-05 16:32:18
Unknown
I received the same call from Brachfield and Associates, but I received it from different numbers:
713-579-7000
866-598-9371
866-837-4408
Are they legitimate?
villedonna
villedonna
2008-08-15 22:49:55
Unknown
Telephone call from Jennifer of Brachfeld and Associates, (first contact from this entity).  Jennifer told me she was calling from a debt collection law firm in Texas. I asked Jennifer to send me written information about the alleged debt.  When I requested her firm?s telephone number and address, Jennifer hung up on me.

Here is their actual contact information:
Brachfeld & Associates, P.C.
20300 S. Vermont Ave., Suite 120
Torrance, CA  90502-1338

Do what I am doing -- contact a National Association of Consumer Advocates attorney to pursue this company for FDCPA violations.
mrvoterj.
mrvoterj.
2008-07-21 16:46:15
Unknown
Count me in.  They are harassing me and my ex-husband for a debt that was paid long before they even "bought" it from Sears (another top-notch, violate-every-law company)
ht
ht
2008-07-13 01:58:47
Unknown
Count me in, they're driving me insane. They are trying to make me pay the same debt twice. Both Meridian and Brachfeld have been calling 3x a day for the last two weeks and when I ask Brachfeld about Meridian they hang up and when I ask meridian about Brachfeld they hang up.
S.L
S.L
2008-07-11 01:21:03
Unknown
r u serious...they arent even in business???? ithey took over$ 632.72 last month and no agreement letter or anything...they wont send me anything....what a shady co.....
s.l.
s.l.
2008-07-11 01:18:02
Unknown
i really hope you give them what they deserve...i too have been taken advantage of and think Brachfeld and assoc. are a bunch of clowns!
Jesse
Jesse
2008-06-27 22:18:32
Unknown
To all out there experiencing these harassing calls as myself.  Do not send them any money. First go to the Federal Trade Commissions webpage and go to consumer complaints and file a complaint.  Next go to the California Bar Association's webpage and file a complaint against Erica Lynn Brachfeld bar license number #180683.  She is one of the head persons at Brachfeld and Associates and any representative at her agency who engages in unethical behaivor speaks for her.  Enough complaints to the California Bar and FTC will start process in letting these people know they are dealing with informed consumers.  Next I am looking to start up a list of people in order to start a class action law suit against this company any interested people should respond to this post.  If I get over 30+ people we can move forward for a class action complaint.
bk
bk
2008-06-18 01:26:42
Unknown
Sorry, I forgot to say in the last post, she said she was from Brachfield
bk
bk
2008-06-18 01:16:47
Unknown
I got phone calls tonight from 888 459 0999 tonight at 8:07, 6/17/08 on my caller ID, just the ph #, no ID. I looked it up on interent and came to this page, as they called back.     First Ms Lowery talked about my bill with Citi for $425.68 (which I don't have a clue about).  When I asked her for the acct #, she put a Mr. Washington on, who loves to ridicule (He's like Cedric (the entertainer) Washington (like the president).  If he only knew Thomas Jefferson called me last week, lol.  He told me I was a Smart A when I was trying to find out who he was he told me not to waste his time so I hung up on him.
egiap
egiap
2008-05-29 20:07:55
Unknown
well people ive worked for the company, actually the sister company mms or b&a is houston texas..i agree that they violate fdcpa, infact in my on the floor training ive never whitnessed so man violations.... now that i a m not working there i too need a number to contaft them for my last check...lol isnt that funny
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