these phone calls threatening me to sent a warrent for my arrest. well the authorities would not call you and tell you they are signing a warrent for my arrest. This is crazy I am so tired of it. Everytime i call back i get an answering maching. Very disturbing, I am disabled and really dont need this bogus crap.
I also keep getting calls from this number and they have all my personal information and they say I'm going to be arrested. When I ask them who they are they won't tell me. I am a 54 year old disabled woman and this is quite unnerving. I would like it to stop. But how???
I have been getting these phone calls for quite a while now. they started out with a different number and it was a sand n**** man telling me they warn me they are investigating my social and they are signing a warrent for my address and not to disre now calling on it. Does anyone know how to stop this?miss there call, when i call back i get an answering machine. this time it was this phone number and a woman. i changed both my house and cell numbers and they already have my new cell number and a
You know, they freak you out--and I am not a schmuck! The Indian girl who called me was Lisa white and when i called her back, a fellow answered and told me she was in court but he could help me research the case Lisa had called about. As soon as he started asking me all my info, I got a bad vibe and told him talking to him was fruitless so I hung up. I work at an atty's office and I was concerned this was in ref to one our clients. Who knew?
I got my first call from these people this morning at 6:30 AM my time... I freaked out on them and the hung up.. When I came back from a meeting at work I had a VM on my work phone telling me that I have a lawsuit against my name and social and that I needed to call them ASAP... This company is a FRAUD!!!
i got a call from these people also. they are scam artists and they got my social security number because i was scared and didint no what to do.
Got a call today from this number and some dude with an indian accent told me I had a pending lawsuit against me and I started laughing at this BS crap he told me. He seemed to get angry as I continued laughing. It's a SCAM!!! I'll report them to the FTC as have so many other people have already. If enough complaints get filed on these scam driven idiots than hopefully they will get the boot!!!
I received a call from this same number on June 15th. He was telling me something about money I won from the U.S. Govt. and he needed my information. The guy had a very heavy accent and I could not understand what he was saying clearly. When I told him, he cussed me out and hung up on me. I got a second call just yesterday (June 19th) and it was the same guy saying the same thing (a lawsuit against my name and social). I was prepared to give this number a call this morning but before I decided to research this business and number. I'm very grateful that I've found this page for it notifies me of the effin' scam! Now, I really dont respect any foriegn telemarketers. Thanks everyone for your posts.
I also received a call from this number. Some guy named stanley, with a very thick middle-east accent. I did manage to call them back and talk to someone. I was informed that I was being charged with Bank fraud, passing worthless checks, and money laundering. I was also informed that cops would be at my house Friday to arrest me. This was supposed to have something to do with me applying for short term loans on line, getting an advance and deposited into my bank account and then not paying it back when the loan company used an EFT. Some one needs to trace this guy down and then take him down.
A person by the name of Travis Walker contacted me and informed me that I was being sued by a Advance company that I applied for in May. I advised him that I had never heard of the company or applied for anything with any company by that name. He asked me to send $645.32 to them asap to avoid imprisonment, fines, attorney fees, etc.
I just received a call from this number threatening me and my social, or at least that is what I think he said, with a lawsuit! Freaked me out until I googled it! This should be illegal!!!
It would be nice if our government would get some laws together to stop this kind of invasion of privacy from happening in the first place. They make it too easy for these scum and allow it to continue. Just an FYI....the number 347-671-0354 is also associated with this scam.
I received a threatening call from this no.I called back but was unable to reach anyone or find out who the company is. i really wish they would answer their phone!!
Some guy bye the name of Travis Walker called me today and said that he was going to call my job and get me fired and the police would be at my job Friday morning to arrest me if I did not pay 435.00. I called the police and they told me that it was a scam and not to send him any money and he took his phone number down and is going to call him. I really hope .they get this guy and put him behind bars where he belongs. So please everyone don't give him any money.
I have to gotten a call from this guy!! I am calling the cops and the number he used was 9513890294 and said i would be going to jail had me in tears!!
They left me a message saying they wanted 435.00 or I would be arrested on friday at my job
Today I recieve a call from a company that want to sue me but won't tell me why and from whom is trying to sue me. They left a threating message on my cell. And everytime I call back it ring with no playback message. To allow me to know who is the company.
I also got a call. I knew it was a scam by the voicemail they left me. It is scary how they have my information though. Does anyone know who to report it to? I let the guy try to scam me, then I confronted him, he got mad and hung up.
Said he was collecting on an on line loan. He had the last 4 digits of my social security number and the name of my bank. He said there was going to be warrant for my arrest if i did not make payment arrangements now. When I started yelling an d threatening to drive to the police station, he hung up. This was a total scam! I'm sure some people fall for it, which it why they keep doing it!!
I received numerous calls today from Travis Walker today regarding a warrant out for my arrest and I almost send him 954.00 via money gram until they gave me a name of an Erica Friedman to send the money person to person. This is a scam and I told them I was reporting them and they humg up and haven't called me back.
I just got basically the same message as above and he told me that someone would be waiting at my place of employment tomorrow to arrest me unless i paid him $600 for a cash advance that I failed to pay. I have no cash advances so I was not worried,until he actually then called me at work and left a message with a coworker to warn them there was a warrant for my arrest and they would be coming to pick me up tomorrow morning. Who are these people and what do they want?
i received a call from some indian guy saying that there is a legal matter with my ssn# due and that i need to contact them immediatley and if they do not hear from me they wish me luck as this legal matter unfolds.. I called and the phone just rang and rang then it will just go to a beep no vm or answer machine. When i did finally get ahold of someone they answered ACS legal service and transferred me to an attorney by the name of of Travis Walker and then he speaks to you and tells you that there are charges like fraud and stuff. Then he will tell you that there will be someone out to your place of employment to notify your employer of what you have done and what kind of a person they have working for them. He then proceeded to tell me that I will have a warrant for my arrest Monday morning and will go to jail. I advised him i had no idea what he was talking about that i never received money from a payday loan that was deposited in my bank. He then stated i am not going to dispute this with you police will be at your work shortly. Then he hung up. So i went back into work a mess upset that i did nothing wrong and was going to be thrown in jail. My manager sent me home and told me that they can not come to my place of work and that it was a scam. She advised me to come home call the sheriffs department and see if there was a warrant for my arrest. I did just that and there was no warrant and they told me that if i contact these people again record the conversation and get the name of the business and if it continues i can sue them for harassment i can not believe people are so evil to scare a struggling parent and try to take more money for something i had no part of it is plain sick.
I have been called at work by this man twice now. He is also using a 919-374-5132 phone number. He now claims he is a lawyer. The first time he called he was an agent at the federal investigation department. He has a terrible foreign accent. He saws that my attorney needs to contact him. This is a scam if I have ever heard one in my life.
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 and when I told them it was crap they yelled at me and then hung up on me. One guy even said that he couldnt believe I would talk to a lawyer like that yeah whatever. What scares me is they have my information.
You should really know!!!!!
this guy calls is name is Alfred Tomas aka Travis he said he was from ABS Legal services whitch this company is in chicago and in kansas. he left a message and was rude a** hell. told me in the message may god be with me and good luck. After dealing with me they are going to be very sorry.also he said he was calling because of a fraud case and i would be going to jail. THESE PEOPLE ARE SOOOOOO FAKE AND NOT REAL. I BELEAVE THEY GET OUR INFORMATION FROM ANY THAT HAS APPLYED FOR A PAY DAY LOAN ONLINE OR FOR A LOAN. SUCH AS THIS FAKE WEBSITE CALLED PAYDAYLOANFORME.COM THIS SITE IS SOOO FAKE AND NOT REAL BY NO MEANS.
I Received A Phone Call From ACS Legal Services, Phone # 1-951-389-0294, They Called & Left A Message Saying That I Was Being Sued For $3500.00, Upon Talking To Them, They Said The Problem Can "GO AWAY" With $950.00 Or They Would Issue A Warrant For My Arrest & BlackList My Drivers License & My Social Security Card & Ruin My Life For Up To 2 Years. I Purchased $1350.00 In "PAY POWER PREPAID DEBIT CARDS", They Said They Could Not Accept The Cards. This Was On June 12, 2012-The Next Day June 13,2012 They Said If I Really Want To Make The Problem "GO AWAY", They Said Send $2220.00 By 12:00PM Central Time Using The Same "PAY POWER PREPAID VISA DEBIT CARDS" Or They Would Issue A Warrant For My Arrest, BlackList My Drivers License & Social Security Number & Pretty Much Ruin My Life. They Also Said A "CHECK" Is On Its Way Back To Me For A BIGGER AMOUNT THAN I PAID. I Filed A Police Report With My Local Police Agency & A Report With The FTC. Please Don't Make The Same Mistake I Did. Upon Filing The Police Report, They Said AN ACTUAL PIECE OF PAPER SHOULD BE SENT TO YOU SAYING THAT A WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED. I Have Not Heard From ACS LEGAL SERVICES Since 12:30PM June 13, 2012. I Was Told By My Local Police Agency To Say That I Filed A Police Report & Hang Up If They Call Again. Beware Of ACS LEGAL SERVICES, The Following Names Are Travis Walker, John Brooks & Anybody Affiliated With ACS LEGAL SERVICES. Now I May Not Get The Money Back. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!!
this guy is an idiot. i barely understood him. left a voicemail on my cell phone and a message on my work phone. all i understood was that his name was mike jones. isn't that a rapper?
Got the same exact call saying Im going to Jail once my info is Downloaded. My bill was $3500.00 but he would settle for 600 over the phone right now. I asked how come Travis Walker sounded so Indian, when Travis is an American Name. He hung up on me. Needless to say, this guys a F**Kin Joke.
I keep getting a call for my fiance and he says there is a lawsuit. I kept hanging up on him he doesn't speak proper English and he has no respect especially when you tell them he is at work and not home. He said that he found his name and ssn in a lawsuit. Yeah right.