I am receiving calls at work to call 234-542-1696, Officer Shaun Martin, this is a scam. It is people with heavy Indian accent. They are threatening me with legal action. They are also calling me from 618-844-9110. Same scam from this number. I looked the 234 up through a location search and it is being fed out of the Akron area of OHIO. Don't response!
I have told them I have reported them to the FBI. They stop for awhile and then call again on a different number and they forget they have already called me. I let them have it again and again. The numbers they use I have been told cannot be traced, due to they call from overseas using a american number and american names. Its ridulous and I am really sick of them. what i have done is find out what company -payday loan- they say are suing me and then call the payday company and let them know. they want the number who called and the name.
I received a call at work from the number 978-570-2087 asking for my 15 year old son. I said he was unavailable. I asked who the man was and he said his name was Shawn Marty from central florida investigations. I then asked why they wanted to speak to my son and the man told me to have him call 904-239-3954 and they would discuss it with him. I told him that as my son was only 15 they could discuss it with me and I would decide if he would call them back. They told me there was a lawsuit against him in Florida. I told them I would need documentation to supprt his claim of lawsuit. He said he did not know if he could provide that. When I asked what the lawsuit was about and told him my son was a minor and there must be a mistake, I was transferred to someone else. He said his name was an attorney named Neil Johnson The next person asked my name and told me the lawsuit was now against me. I told him if there was such a lawsuit he could fax the paper work to me or he could mail it to my home address. He said he would do when he could. I asked him if I should involve my lawyer or the local police and he hung up on me.
I had the same thing happen to me. I've been dealing with this s**t for the last 3 months. A "Christopher Rossington" called my job asking for me, so my coworker texted me back with the number. I knew what it was and called them back. When Mr. Indian Guy answered, I completely lost it. Called him a worthless piece of s**t. He kept asking me for my name and case number. Refused to give it to him. After a long pause he goes "I want to f*** you." Classssyyyyy. Already reported them to AG, FBI, FTC. Yes, they tend to call from 0000, but they give anyone their office number. Call them from a blocked number and put your cell phone on mute and just laugh as they go crazy trying to figure out who's calling them and why no one's answering.
Michael De La Garza
Calling and threatning to send investigaters to home and job to get me fired , I have no idea who they are .
called from 0000 but left a call back number of 904-239-3954, these people, officer mike peterson badge number 1535 (indian guy), said the same thing, sending investigators within two days, i will be behind bars within 2 days, he is ruining my Christmas, refuses to tell me anything, i have called my phone provider and actually have blocked the number.
I have stupidly taken out pay day loans and my information has been given out to many companies who have been harrassing me. All callers have an Indian accent and very aggressive. They have threatened me about legal action. The person who called me today (May 6, 2011) is named Frank Jackson and I think the company name is ATC. If anyone has a suggestion how to report these losers, please let me know by responding to this message.
Received a call from this #. Caller stated it was a legal matter. Had an indian accent with lots of background noise. Told him I knew this was a scam-all over internet and news. He bacame annoyed and told me "I want to say one thing I want to f--- you." Told him to get a life and a real job stop scamming people. He then proceeds to tell me "Give me a job ." Also said to me he has had fun with me and said more obscene things and not to call his number back. These people need to be stopped! This # has been reported to police and other authorities. Any other suggestions?
annoyed in FL
I have also been recieveing calls from an office Eric Wilson, he said the he is going to have his team come and arrest me at my place of work or home and that I will be behind bars for the rest of life so I better get use it. These calls are just getting out of control i am going to change my number because I cannot take him anymore....his number comes up as 0000 but today it came up as unknow his number to call him back at was 904-239-3954
Have been getting calls from this number 3-4 times in 12/10 from an "Officer" Shawn Martin. He initially said that he's been trying to reach me for a few days - a lie - and that if I'm trying to run away from this situation, then I am in big trouble and if he doesn't hear from me or my retained attorney of record, all he can do is wish me good luck and to call him back if I know what's good for me. WTF? In the last message he sent last month, he said that it was my last warning message & that I have been declared a criminal in my state. Yeah, right. LOL!! He said that he was going to send investigators to my home and my job to have me arrested and taken down to the police station. Come and get me, I'm not too hard to find. Yet, I've never received any court papers or anything of the sort stating that there was ever a problem.
do not pay them they are scammers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Extortion Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans
December 07, 2010 FBI National Press Office
? filed under: Press Release
The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received many complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. Callers claim the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences. The callers purport to be representatives of the FBI, Federal Legislative Department, various law firms, or other legitimate-sounding agencies. They claim to be collecting debts for companies such as United Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Net, and other Internet check-cashing services.
According to complaints received from the public, the callers have accurate data about victims, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, employer information, bank account numbers, and the names and telephone numbers of relatives and friends. How the fraudsters obtained the personal information varies, but in some cases victims have reported they completed online applications for other loans or credit cards before the calls started.
The fraudsters relentlessly call the victim?s home, cell phone, and place of employment. They refuse to provide any details about the alleged payday loans and become abusive when questioned. The callers have threatened victims with legal actions, arrests, and, in some cases, physical violence if they do not pay. In many cases, the callers harass victims? relatives, friends, and employers.
Some fraudsters have instructed victims to fax a statement agreeing to pay a certain amount, on a specific date, via a pre-paid Visa card. The statement further declares the victim will never dispute the debt.
If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller?s instructions. Rather, you should:
Notify your banking institutions.
Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
File a complaint at www.IC3.gov.
Tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
Never give your Social Security number?or personal information of any kind?over the telephone or online unless you initiate the contact.
Be suspicious of any e-mail with urgent requests for personal financial information. The e-mail may include upsetting or exciting but false statements to get you to react immediately.
Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages that request personal information.
Ensure that your browser is up-to-date and security patches have been applied.
Check your bank, credit, and debit card statements regularly to make sure that there are no unauthorized transactions. If anything looks suspicious, contact your bank and all card issuers.
When you contact companies, use numbers provided on the back of cards or statements
For at least the last four years, possibly longer, a group has been calling former payday loan applicants advising them that they have defrauded a bank and are now being sued for non-payment of a loan. The callers will claim to be calling on behalf of an attorney's office (name varies), the Dept. of Law and Investigation, ACS, or other similar combinations below:
United Legal Processing Division
Crime Monitoring Services
Monetary Crime Division
U.S. National Bank
Attorney General?s Office (usually in California)
American Legal Services
Affidavit Consolidation Services (ACS)
You will be threatened with arrest, a costly trial and possibly worse. In no shape, way or form can you be arrested for non-payment on a consumer debt. Do not believe these threats, as they are without merit and cannot be carried out in the manner they allege.
Who are they?
In the past when pressed by law enforcement for an address, the callers have provided the following information:
David Morgan and Associates
Morgan & Associates
1155 Northwest 85th Street
Wintergarden, Florida 33150
(Address is likely invalid)
The collector's MO matches a once legit collections agency called Ellis Crosby & Associates. Here are some links on them:
They have been previously fined over $1.3 million for various violations. They have been known to use phone banks in India to make their calls, which more or less coincides with the difficult to understand accent many of us detect when we are contacted.
The last time this group went by any "official" name was back in 2008:
Ellis Crosby & Associates / Douglas & Morgan Associates
4494 Southside Boulevard Suite #200
Jacksonville Florida 32216
Phone: 800-928-3536 / (904) 928-3536
(Address is likely invalid)
There are NUMEROUS consumer alerts out against this group of individuals:
On July 15th, 2010 a Public Awareness Bulletin was sent out by Missouri Information Analysis Center.
"..received reports from individuals in Ohio and Illinois reference suspicious telephone calls they received. In both instances, the callers are reporting that a voicemail is received from a man, with a Middle Eastern accent, identifying himself as an officer working with the Financial Crimes Unit. The message indicates that the reason for the call concerns a loan made by the receiver or someone in the receiver's family. The voicemail requests that a return call be made and a telephone number is provided. When a return call is made, the caller is asked to provide personal identifying information such as their date of birth and social security number.
Reports indicate that the calls are frequent and persistent and that they even threaten arrest or legal action if information or money is not provided. It appears that the individuals making these calls may have access to some records connecting individuals and their relatives. Missouri does not have a Financial Crimes Unit and all indications are that this is a fictitious agency. If you receive a similar phone call, please be advised that it is a scam and please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Missouri Information Analysis Center at 866-362-6422."
Do not supply the callers with any additional information. Inform them you have reported them to law enforcement and hang up. If you haven't already, go ahead and report the calls to local law enforcement, your state's Attorney General and beyond. Look up the local Secret Service branch's information in your area and get in contact with an agent there.
If you ever applied for a cash advance online, your information is out there.
Possible sources for the breach of your privacy are:
* The scammers obtained your information from Teletrack - a reporting agency used by many cash advance lenders to determine their risk lending to you. The service is able to tell cash advance lenders if you have existing loans with other companies, for example. Many state laws prohibit borrowers from having more than two cash advances out at the same time.
* The scammers created their own fake payday loan application site. People looking for a cash advance went to the site and applied, thus freely providing the scammers with their information for malicious use at a later time.
* The scammers were able to get into the database(s) of cash advance lenders - probable targets being Sonic Payday and Cashnet USA.
How to protect yourself:
* Inform your employer. You are likely getting calls at home and/or at work, so make sure your employer is aware the calls are part of a scam and to not take them seriously. Advise the callers that they are no longer allowed to call you at work. If they continue to call, document the date and time of the calls you received. Save voice mails left if at all possible.
* Change your number(s). For some this may not be an option, for others a one-time number change can be done free of charge.
Be advised - any references you listed on your payday loan application will be contacted. Let those people know that this is a scam, and they can disregard.
* Use Google Voice. Google Voice is a great replacement voice mail system for just about any phone number you use. Messages can be transcribed and voice mail recordings can be saved as mp3 files.
Pro Tip - call the scammers with a Google Voice number before turning off your old phone numbers. Make sure when you call you identify yourself so they can start up their script. At any point after they have your information pulled up just hang up. They will then start religiously calling your Google Voice number. At this point, you are free to change your regular phone number(s) and enjoy not having these people ever call you again. (And laugh at the fact these people are basically talking to a brick wall several times a day)
The scammers change their numbers frequently. Law enforcement used to think it was because the callers ran out of minutes on their prepaid wireless accounts or they were shuttered due to fraud, but now they understand it's simply to evade detection by savvy consumers online. With the proliferation of VoIP, it's even easier for the crooks to stay a couple of steps ahead of law enforcement. Below is just a sampling of the 30+ numbers that have been used in recent memory.
It's not a simple yes or no answer. Logic dictates that, if they really wanted to take you for a ride and drain your bank accounts, they already would have.
So, why haven't they?
Why do you think you are being called so much? Perhaps it is because they like the sound of your voice? No, they have to have your authorization to take any form of payment from you, period. The callers know their audience, and that audience is typically a bunch of people that have applied for payday loans in the past. Most of those people they call couldn't afford an attorney if they wanted one, and are so used to receiving collections calls that so long as they sound like a real collector, they will likely be perceived as one.
Furthermore, they don't even really want to talk to your attorney - that just sounds official and scary enough. A real attorney would take the callers to task and write them off as two-bit con artists. The callers need you, in writing, to authorize payment against the fictitious debt they claim you owe. Go ahead, ask them for proof you owe the debt - more commonly known as verification of debt. See what they say. A phone authorization carries very little weight, so if they have something signed by you on file, you are done for - and the callers know that. That authorization is the only thing these callers are doing by the book, and for good reason. If they just went all willy nilly and made an ACH debit from your checking account, without your written approval, you could in turn report the transaction as fraudulent to your financial institution. In about 7-10 business days, you would get the funds returned to your account. Then the scammers would be up against a bank and their team of lawyers and investigators.
If you haven't paid the callers a dime, don't. If you planned on paying them to shut them up, just don't. Remember - you are not being contacted by a legally licensed, ethically owned and operated collector. Read up on the FDCPA - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf - and know your rights.
I received a similar call with the same number, same story. An officer Addie Quincy (It is hard to tell with the thick accent.) The disturbing part is that the phone calls are becoming increasingly threatening. In addition to the threats to have me arrested and fired from my position, after leaving his number 904-239-3954 he said to call back "if I knew what was best for me."
Fed Up in New Jersey
I just got a call from them yesterday ... luckily my phone was off and they left a message. The same guy is posing as an officer named Justin Smith from the Crime Division and said that I or my boyfriend should not ignore this call, and I should call back immediately. Needless to say, I didn't.
My local news station did a report on these clowns where a victim send in the recorded phone call and how they threatened her. As the reported said and as it's posted on this board: report them to anybody and everybody that you can. I plan on reporting them to the FTC and the FBI very soon.
So far, I have another number, and I'm going to keep saving them:
716-828-8266 (Officer Martins)
Just as has been reported, DO NOT CALL THEM, DO NOT CALL THEM - REPORT THEM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
I got a call to my job my supervisor got the call. He was worried about the message he got. He was told me that an officer Gary Smith wanted to talk to me about a lawsuit, mind u heavy Indian accent with a white name.
I received a call on my cell phone from the blocked 0000 number. I think the name of the company is Central Investigation Finance. I got the same speech as everyone else some bozo with a thick accent that is hard to make out. I am not answering the phone when they call and saving all of their messages. I have a direct line at work so when I see the 0000 number I do not answer. It is amazing how long they have been running this scam on people and nothing has been done to stop them!
Report to the Internet Crime Complaint Center http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx , the Federal Communications Commission http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm , the Federal Trade Commission https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ and your state AG. The fact that it came from overseas is irrelevant because you, the target, is located here in the USA. Buy a whistle or air horn and use it, God will forgive.
Add a new name to the list: Officer Shawn Burnett. Same heavy accent, same threats, same phone number.
Who do you report international scams to?
I got a call yesterday and the miss pronounced my name...I asked who this was, he first said Chris Brown, then he changed to a different name. I said who are you looking for and what company are u with, he totally stumbled and hung up, he had a accent. Then I got another call this morning same guy I recognize the voice, he left a message on my voicemail stating his name to be Officer Justin (I didn't get the last name) but total white guy name and doesn't match the voice. He said that there are serious charges on my SS#. And that I need to call as soon as possible so he can inform me of the charges. Right away, I google this number and ended up here. And sure enough I assumption that this is a scam. What should I do next? I know they will call again.
I just also received a call from a Officer Dominique Spencer and he told me the exact same thing!!!! BEWARE OF THIS SCAM!!!!!
I had the same thing happen to me. I've been dealing with this s*** for the last 3 months. A "Christopher Rossington" called my job asking for me, so my coworker texted me back with the number. I knew what it was and called them back. When Mr. Indian Guy answered, I completely lost it. Called him a worthless piece of s***. He kept asking me for my name and case number. Refused to give it to him. After a long pause he goes "I want to f*** you." Classssyyyyy. Already reported them to AG, FBI, FTC. Yes, they tend to call from 0000, but they give anyone their office number. Call them from a blocked number and put your cell phone on mute and just laugh as they go crazy trying to figure out who's calling them and why no one's answering.
NEVER CAUGHT SLIPPING
Alright, so I just had some d**k head named Eric Wilson from Central Intelligent Investigations call me at my office saying that I took out a loan last year and that I owe them money. They wanted me to confirm my ss# and my banking information......I told the guy.....and I quote."you have to be fu%^ng kidding me"...!! He called me from 904-239-3954....let's go get him!!!
I just got a call from 904-239-3954 that came up first as 0000 then after I hung up on them 4 times and telling them not to call me at work again, they started calling from an private number. Officer "Gary Smith" has a very thick middle eastern accent and said if I keep hanging up or not answering, he will simply continue to call nonstop until I comply with his request. He claims that they have a case against my name and social security number regarding a payday loan that was taken out and never repaid (this never happened!) but when I told him to send me a letter with the details of and who is making the claim, he said he did not have to provide this information and that he has my information and will be turning it over for an arrest warrant. I said to go ahead because they are scammers and I am notifying the police as well as NCIS, who will work with the FBI. They also called my 20-year old son and his girlfriend claiming that I was involved in something illegal and if they don't make me comply, they will be arrested as accomplices!
Received call from this number, person identifying himself as Senior Officer Dominque Spencer. When I pressed for details, he refused to answer and told me that he would send Investigators to my place of employment and then informed me I did not know how to speak to a Senior Officer and hung up. He also hung up on my lawyer when he was pressed to send documentation to the law office. Number comes up on caller ID as 0000.
Also beware of numbers coming up with area codes of 535; 701; 735 and 315. All claiming either to be investigators or with a law office and are looking for payment on payday loans taken out over the internet. Names to be weary of:
Officer Mike Orbinson or Robinson
Officer Jack Wilson
Officer Mark Thomas with ANDTP
and of course, the above mentioned!
ALL have heavy, heavy, heavy mid east accents!!!!
I do not appreciated the threats ---- I do not know any one ---- and I will get a lawyer and I will look for these people and put them in jail for spam. I do not appreciate them calling me at work. I will take them to court for every thing they have ------ which is probabaly not a penny----- if this company does not stop calling me at work I will speak to my lawyer.
Payday Loan Scam - never applied for - called them back from my attorney's office and that fixed them
GOT THE CALL AGAIN TODAY. They called a month or 2 ago and I yelled into the phone to stop calling me. Then I wouldn let him talk and proceeded to shame them for preying on innocent people and to get a real job. F****rs.
PROTECT YOURSELF! IMPORTANT INFORMATION YOU MUST READ ? HOW THE SCAM WORKS AND WHAT AGENCIES TO REPORT THEM TO
LONG RUNNING AND KNOWN SCAM ? ALL OVER INTERNET AND NEWS FOR ABOUT 4 YEARS NOW
MORE ON FAKE DEBT COLLECTORS
http://consumeraffairs.com/news04/2010/07/video_bill_collector_scam.html WITH VIDEO!
http://consumeraffairs.com/news04/2010/09/fdic_debt_collector_scam.html 9/7/2010 -NEWEST CONSUMER ALERT ?SCAMMERS NOW CLAIMING TO BE WITH FDIC
If you are targeted by these criminals, be sure to report them to all the following federal and state law enforcement agencies (most of which you can do online or over the phone):
1. The U.S. Secret Service is responsible for protecting the country's financial infrastructure and payment systems from international and domestic threats. Call or write your local Secret Service field office to alert them to the details of this attempted extortion. The addresses and phone numbers for the local Secret Service field offices are listed at http://www.secretservice.gov/field_offices.shtml or in your phone book.
2. Alert the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov Be sure to tell the FBI that you are being targeted by extortionists over the phone. And if the crooks claim to be law enforcement or lawyers, officers of the court or bankers, be sure to include that information in your report.
3. File a complaint with your local police. Most police departments will take a report over the phone. Be sure to tell them that you're being targeted by an extortionist and give them all the details.
4. File a complaint your state's attorney general, the contact information for whom is at www.wvago.gov
5. File a complaint online with The Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=en
If these crooks call back, promise them nothing, pay them nothing and tell them nothing other than that you know they're a scam and that you've reported them to law enforcement. (And be sure to report them to all the agencies above each time they call you.)
By the way, here's just a small sample of numbers used by this particular group of scammers. Read the reports and you'll see the same pattern time and again -- phony organization names, thick foreign accents, and oddly worded threats that are so melodramatic and ridiculous that it's laughable:
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-771-9249 Scammer posting here as GARY and GARRY JONES
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-866-860-4509 Scammer posting here as Mike Henderson
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-212-500-0839 Scammer posting here as Ricky
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-201-244-7722 Scammer posting as Carole, David Brown and Amanda
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-626-200-4646 Scammer false postings at this new number as silshan kanniue and Tina ? preparing a new number to use.
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-424-354-4270 Scammer false postings as Rose
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-785-4479 Scammer posting as Robert
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-909-327-4870 Scammer false postings as Marry
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-646-274-1143 Scammer false postings as Karen Miller, Chichi and Tom Little
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-561-300-8018 Scammer false postings as Marco Polo and Covenant
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-877-226-7488 Scammer false postings as SAM, David S
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-706-7463 Scammer false postings as George
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-209-349-7382 Scammer false postings as Towanda Robinson, Shannon Walsh, Jack Dawson and Cynthia
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-760-514-0132 scammer false postings as Suzy01, Johanna Hall, Cindie McMellon, Michael Dublin, Mark Williams, Carol and Rio (800notes removed some of the scammers posts because the all came from the SAME IP ADDRESS)
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-209-797-2212 scammer false posting as Jaison Connar
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-707-401-4056 Scammer false posting as John Carner, KSR
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-650-241-4604 Scammer false postings as jhon and Kevin
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-708-401-0535 Scammer false posting here as JHON
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-518-212-0219 Scammer false posting as Prince Christian, Arpit
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-718-705-8669 Scammer false postings as Alicia
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-707-633-2789 Scammer false postings as Rojer, Minni, Rhone, Smith, Lisa Jack, Julie, Sean, and Carol. ? preparing a new number to use to steal money
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-205-294-6271 Scammer false posting as Thomas Jhonson
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-661-263-4011 Scammer false posting ?ILLEGALLY claiming to be an attorney Charles F Robinson
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-321-684-4117 Scammer false posing as Harry Patt
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-518-565-0306 Scammer false posting as Wellvishers
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-678-791-4673 Scammer false posting as Sherrie Ann and Elvine Buris
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-305-390-0607 Scammer false posting as James and Mark
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-209-349-3112 Scammer false posting as Roger Brown. David Macrow and Andrew
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-646-360-1702 Scammer false posting as STATE LEGAL DEPARTMENT
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-850-254-8883 Scammer false posting as Stella
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-347-875-8165 Scammer false posting as Lisa L Johnson, Mark Taylor
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-310-872-2861 Scammer false posting as Jim, Keith
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-760-582-0311 Scammer false posting as Alex Morrison
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-817-393-0246 Scammer false posting as Mark Smith
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-678-619-1686 Scammer false posting as Beckham, Beckh, BECK and MOCK and MINDY
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-352-653-1302 Scammer false posting as Christy and ANNA 2 times, KAT V DON, SANDRA JR, PAUL WRIGHT ALEX SCOTT DR Kim preparing a new number to use in their unsuccessful scam ?
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-646-770-2937 Scammer false posting as officer
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-623-465-9849 Scammer false posting as Bob Keeshan
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-325-260-0090 Scammer false postings under Jhon, Mishele and Tyrone Johnson
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-213-784-5745 Scammer false posting as United Man and Don't be so sure & immediately judge, ac
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-718-841-9420 Scammer false posting as Marcus, Barbara, Kevin and Dina
http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-772-675-9488 Scammer false posting as Michael
Scam alert: Bogus debt collectors
By Leslie McFadden ? Bankrate.com
Monday, Aug. 3
Posted 2 p.m.
Bankrate reporter Leslie McFadden contributed this entry.
This scam isn't technically about credit cards, but it is scary enough to post a warning. The Better Business Bureau issued an alert today saying consumers across the country are getting phone calls from bogus debt collectors claiming default on a payday loan. Of course, the consumer needs to pay a large fee to avoid arrest -- as much as $1,000.
The caller poses as a lawyer, and may threaten extradition to face trial if the consumer doesn't pay up immediately.
What makes these calls alarming -- and perhaps convincing -- is that the perpetrators reference the consumer's personal information, such as the person's Social Security number, driver's license number, previous bank account numbers, home address -- even personal references.
"The amount of information they have is really troubling," says BBB spokeswoman Alison Southwick. She adds that the amount of data points to a possible security breach.
Spread the word to your friends and family: Don't give out personal or financial information to an unknown caller. Scammers can spoof Caller ID to display different numbers, so trust your instincts over technology.
The BBB offers these tips:
? Ask the debt collector to provide official documentation which substantiates the debt.
? Do not provide or confirm any bank account, credit card or other personal information over the phone until you have confirmed the legitimacy of the call.
? File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online if the caller is abusive, uses threats or otherwise violates federal telemarketing laws or the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
? File a complaint with the Better Business Bureau online if you believe a debt collector is trying to scam you.
I keep getting phone calls from 0000 but to call 904-239-3954 saying not to disregard this msg. There have been serious complaints against me and my SS# and I will be arrested, dragged to the car along with my references and fired from my job and spend rest of life behind bars. When the call came through on call id it was 0000. Police report has been filed for harassment against this # and Officer Erik Wilson with an accent, imagine that. These idiots need to be caught and quit trying to scam. Get a real job and quit threatening people. I have found the company on the ripoff report. Central Investigations of Finance.