i ve never been so scared in my entire life.smh i received a call about the same loan that i owed which i never had,called my bank going crazy but they dnt see nothing .and the guy with indian accent just wont stop calling me saying that a group of ppl will come to arrest me in front of my door step and that i need an attorney ,when i asked to talk to mike anderson he told me that hes in court and cant speak to me ,now i cant even reach the # it keeps on giving me that beeping sound ,i wish i could find those guys seriously there are somethings ppl just dnt play with.telling me i can go to jail and stuff .
Had the same thing happen to my daughter. I called them back & they told me they were going to have her arrested. I told him they may arrest people for $400. in the S--t hole country he lives in but not in the US. He hung up on me. What did I do? I kep calling him continually for the next 2 hours. almost every time they would just hang up the phone, but a couple of times they answered and asked me why I kept calling. Told him I was going to harass him just like he harasses others. If nothing else, I held up his phone line.
If the police are recording GOOD now you have proof of the scam ( they aren't recording anything)
this number appear to be calling and harassing me saying that that am doing criminal activity the man that speaks sounds indian acccent for one i never done any freaking criminal actiity am a mother of two little babys on disability i told him that am going to report him to the police if he keeps calling me
They called me today at work saying I was being sued and gave me a number to call so I called to see wtf and the man on the other end read the charges against me after he was done I said that's bull s*** I never recived any money and that I would call my attorney general arter going to my bank to make sure I was ok I had a couple pops and called the number back to ask for the mailing adress of the law firm after a couple of attempts of trying to understand this person I asked him to spell it out for this must have really pissed him off he called me and my mother foul names so I saved the number and I plan on calling back to get that adress scam all the way !!!
I received a call from a so called man stating that there is a lawsuit under my social security and name. That man that called would not provide information of what that lawsuit is about.The man told to have me or my attorney contact a Mike Anderson at 951-389-0271 but no one picked up. DAMN SCAM
Got a call from the same people telling me that I was being sued over a payday loan application and loan that I never received and asked if I had a lawyer. I asked for what but was told to call the number back in 10 min and ask for a guy by the name of David Parker. I called but never got an answer. They kept disconnecting the phone call.
I just received a call on my cell phone, which I ignored, and then at work from Samuel Rogers telling me I had to contact Mike Anderson about a lawsuit I had against me. When I told him to send it in writing and hung on him, he called back, asking for my manager that he didn't want to talk to me. When I told him my manager wasn't in he finally got snippy enough to give me Mike Anderson's phone number but wouldn't tell me what the lawsuit was about. When I called the number back I just got silence and then a beeping noise. I came online to look up the number and this list is what I found. What a##es
I need your attorney's contact number regarding this lawsuit
This is a SCAM!!!
I received 2 calls this morning from a man with a very heavy Indian accent. On the first call he left a message and a phone number but I could barely understand him. On the second call he said he wanted the name of my attorney because I was being sued by the government and told me to call his senior attorney Mike Anderson. I immediately went on line and looked up number only to find numerous other people who are being harrassed by the same people.
Gentleman called both my home and my office numbers over the weekend looking for my attorney.
I gave him a made up attorney's name and phone number and haven't heard from them since. First thing Monday morning, I went online and checked the number. I agree that they get your information from the internet. It's too bad we can't stop these idiots. His name was David Foster.
I have been getting calls from this number for 2 months. They have threatened my children when they answer the phone telling them mommy is going to jail if she does not pay them.
My husband died recently and my children are scared to death even though I have reassured them that no one is coming for me because I have done nothing wrong.
The foreign animal are without a conscience or any scruples.
It is very difficult to understand these a***s when they call....do not send them a dime! once they have your account number they WILL clean you out...
I wish for them to stop calling my number, with this false information
They called me today stating I was being sued in regards to 3 counts of fraud in reference to a cash advance. Upon calling the place where I received the cash advance, I was assured that my account was in good standing and that the call I received was a fraudulent call. They advised me to call back Monday morning and report the call I received.
They keep harassing me every day with the fact that I am being sued. I ask for any information and they wont tell me a thing. They also keep calling very early in the morning.
This number has called my home number everyday and all day; So when they called today bright and early Saturday morning I answered; I heard alot of foreign voices in the background and a echo as the "rep" was talking or when I talked; he kept telling me to get paper and pen to call Attorney Richard Wilson because a criminal lawsuit was filed against me and my social security number; I asked this "rep" several times what criminal case and why couldn't he give me the information he stated he was just doing his job and kept informing me to call Attorney Wilson and after I get the information to see if I needed to hire an attorney; I asked him why didn't Attorney Wilson call himself or send something in the mail; then he asked didn't I receive the mail regarding this case which I told him H*LL NO then he stated he couldn't believe that the letter has not reached me yet but he will try to help me and it was in my best interest to call this Attorney Wilson. I told him I do not believe him because I know I have not done ANYTHING CRIMINAL OR OTHERWISE to be sued and I was not calling anyone; then he stated everything is going done tomorrow morning (which is Sunday) and he wished me God Bless and good luck; I hung up. If anyone has done anything criminal I highly doubt you get phone calls about it unless its the media or your attorney.
Any suggestions on to send them a cease and desist notice? They keep calling my wifes work.
They can't do anything but blow their noses.
As Brian Ross and the Chairman of the FTC reported last night on "Nightline", the jig is up on their criminal conspirators in the US who have been funneling money to them. Their accounts have been frozen and criminal indictments are pending.
Got a phone call this morning from them. Telling me my attorney needs to contact them, because someone filed a lawsuit against me. And if I don't "they wish me good luck" because I am going to need it.
This extortion scam was featured on "ABC World News" and "Nightline" last night:
Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand Money
By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk)
June 7, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.
The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place.
"This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."
Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.
Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.
He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."
At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years.
"I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."
After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men.
"I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.
ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.
Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing.
"I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."
A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme.
"If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam."
Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false.
Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script.
"Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children."
"You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water."
William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially
"These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."
Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community.
"I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576.
Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was."
"It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared."
Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money.
If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said.
Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively.
"There's no place in society for these people," he said.
I got a call from this number saying that they are going to sue me and that I gave them this number as a reference. This is my employer and I don't give my number out that is why i have a cell. I told them that I was sending their name and number to my attorneys because they didn't want to give any information. I hung up and they called again, 3 tmes. scam scam scam
Just received same call saying they need my attorney info being sued but don't know who's sueing me have to call a kevin best at 951-389-0271 to get more info very heavy foreign accent could barely understand the caller it sounds like a scam, smells like a scam, talks like a scam its a scam funny more people have the minds to scam good hard working people instead of being good hard working people themselves
Their response should tell you how much money you should send them $0.00
JUST RECIEVED A CALL FROM THIS # FROM A MAN CLAIMING HIS NAME IS DAVE AND ALSO SAID I WAS BEING SUED FORWHAT IT W A LOAN. THEY WOULD NOT TELL ME GARDING WAS REGARDING. THEY STARTED LAUGHING AND CURSING ME AND MY MOTHER WHEN I TOLD THEM HOW UNPROFESSIONAL THEY WERE.
yes i just go the
Just got a call from this number claiming they would throw me in jail for payday loan i never heard of they claim to be a lawyer I told them to sow me proof and they hung up and then just called back again
I got a phone call yesterday from someone name jack telling me that I am being sued never said the reason why said he needs me or my attorney to call him to take care of this matter I told him my phone calls are being recorded by the police
i just receieved the call today also but im not worried at all cause where i live show up at the door step with games end up in alot of pain. believe that and god bless them as he left on my phone scamming muther-------------!!!
I recieved this same call and stated that I had a payday loan from company and where going to send the police to my job and arrest. The paralegal stated his name was Samuel Rodgers and the atttorny was Kevin Guerrero. Both foreign!!!!!! What a scam!!!!!