THESE CURTIS JACKSON IS KNOW CALLING FROM 951-223-6693, THEY CALLED ME ON 6-18-13
THEY SAID THEY ARE PUTTING CHARGES ON ME FOR PAYDAY LOAN
I have receive many phone calls and was forced to make payments and just now realize that is all a fraud. How can I report this and to whom? I just lost $860,00 and can not believe i fell for this scam. Please help me!
Some indian man calling me and saying i did fraud and the sheriff officers are coming to my job if i dont pay within an hour... But i have to do a person to person form at western union and send them the money.... Now i have reported curtis jackson to the FDCC, they where yelling at me being very rude... He called from a 9517080406,9517080369
A person by the name Curtis Jackson called my employer stated i need to call him right a way when i called he stated i owed money for a old bill i thought gave me informations to send him money. i need help finding out who this person .
I got about 20 phone calls at home and 14 calls at place of employment threating that I would lose my job and go to jail. When I asked him for any paper work showing what I owed all he said was that if I didn't pay $1200.00 that he was going to call the cops and I would go to jail. So I called the local police and they came over and they call the numbe951-638-3585 and told them that if they keep harrasing me that they will get the FBI involved. I have already the the ftc and bbb and fcc. they also called me from 630-489-9159 and 951-281-0351 they keep calling from different numbers. The officers told me that its against the law for somebody to threatend someone especially about going to jail and put a hold on my social security number. They said that I was in no danger whatsoever and not to worry its all a scam to get money from as many people as possible and he has an mid eastern accent which I can barely understand him. He said his name was curtis Jackson as well. If they FBI gets involved the police said they would put a trace on my phone so they can pinpoint exaclty where they are calling from. So anybody who gets these types of calls don't worry you will not go to jail and you don't owe no money to anybody.
i keep receiving calls from this number even at my work place. they tell me i owe them money and if i dont pay i will be arested .i ask for their name and identification they get mad and hang up on me .
I got the first call from this number today. I knew something was up right away. Since I am disabled, I felt (and still feel) that I have nothing better to do than to repeatedly dial the number back. Over, and over, and over. They keep asking me if I "drink my mothers milk"? Total scam. I will continue to harass them as they have harassed me for the rest of the evening. Some of the stuff them come up with is quite hilarious.
Very interesting article. Thank for posting. I have known for somtime that these were scammers but only after paying out over $1000. Now I know their game and know what to say to them and boy do they get mad when you call their bluff.
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.
Scammers.... Tony Wilson with a thick Indiam accent called saying he was from the states attorneys office and I was in a legal mess and asked if I was aware of it. I told him I was not and that he could mail me any info and I would verify if any of it was legit. It made him mad and he said that it would me sent to my manager at my place of employment and I said ok. This people are crazy! One of these days they will get caught trying to scamm $$ from people. I will not fall for it!
someone been harassing me from this number saying they are the state attorneys office from california and they want me to make a paymen to them if i don't the police will come to my home and my job to arrest me
Just got a call from this number, i didnt answer, let it go to the answer machine, they would never leave a message.They called about ten times, one after the other. I knew from the get go that this was a scam, being I dont have ANY business dealings in California. I called them back and could not understand this person. All I got out of it was state att. office in Corona Cal. I gave them a false name and told them to stop calling, reported it to the FCC. So far, so good, no calls
These ppl called me today. Same song and dance as the rest of these comments. They had another number also 951-575-9392. Must be a new number because I googled it and there were no such complaints.
These calls are scams and seem to be associated with PayDay Loans and Cash Advance Loans...Be careful what information you give. Ignore them and they eventually will leave you alone! NO police officer is going to come arrest you...If you have any doubts pls call your local police department!
They are calling my place of employment making threats and saying that they are from the State and they have a legal matter . I don't know who they are and where they are calling from but I have no legal matters under my social. They need to find someone else to bother that has a real legal matter.
they have said the same thing everyone, I wouldn't worry about someone showing up at your door. That guy is slightly off his rocker and only looking for money.
Just received a call from some Indian man w/ my husbands social, telling me he was being sued and if I didn't lose my attitude I would be arrested also. uh ok, freakshow!!He called my house 8 times in a row and after I hung up twice, he continued to call, but with a different phone number - 920-941-0654.. He proceeding to tell me how I was ugly like a donkey, and was incapable to understand his superior mind since I was such a s**t and only was good for one thing. lol.. I have no idea who these people are, but he was called my house over 20 times in the last two days. I threatened to have him arrested for arrestment and he told me I was to be arrested for being mean to him..
My boss called me saying that someone from the states attorneys office called.... so I called back and spoke to Raymond Ray... he was foreign so i could not understand. he said he was from the states attorneys office and that I owed money. i asked a lot of questions and he started yelling.... WE NEED TO STOP THESE PEOPLE!!!
I recieved a call on my job from this number saying his name is a fred nelson. When I looked up this number and seen all the complaints all I could to is shake my head.
951-638-3585 says they were from the state attorneys office. After I told them I had reported them to the FCC then the guy started calling and said hello darling I love you and all kind of crazy stuff. This is just pure harrassment!
I am absolutley livid about the phone call I received from these indigents. Telling me my mom owes some outrageous amt from an online loan. My mom has Dimentia, Sundowners and is on Companion Hospice Care. Trying to extort money from her. Now I have closed out all her accounts and called her social worker to see what we can do about elder abuse. These indigents are probably calling from a third world country sitting in a coffee shop using cell phones which numbers change as quick as you can pronounce their name. Oh and by the way in order to send money to them you have to go to Western Union place and then call them. And give you information on where to wire money.
My uncle called me today from New Mexico, he was worried because his daughter got a call from 9516383585. I gave him the number for the sheriff's department, I then entered the phone number in google search and couldn't believe all the comments.
My cousin was told that she committed a crime and that she was going to be arrested. The caller identified himself as Mr Curtis Jackson state employee.
My family has been receiving calls from various companies looking for an Anna McNelly. We have lost track of how many times we've tried to tell them we don't know who she is and to please get rid of my number to stop calls. Mist have been debt collectors i beleive but the people the people calling are indian and from the phillipines and is difficult to even talk to them. No matter what we've tried to talk to everybody that's called. The latest call was this morning where an indian i gave me a phony name i think. Tony Wilson from the state attorney's office. His accent was horrible and was rude. When i asked for his name he would not give it to me. There's no way he works for any type of american government office. I called back from my call phone and the same guy picked up he was hesitant and pretty much hung up I typed the number into google and many people has blogged and reported this mumber. They say it's company is an indian scam trying to get anerican to wire them money.
I also just received a call from this number today & like everyone else I too was threatened by a lawsuite from the Attorney General's Ofc - name Ashley Nichols. I also found it strange why they wanted you to wire the funds by Western Union. SCAM! SCAM! SCAM!! The next time they call me I am going to threaten them w/legal action if they call me ever again.
I have been getting calls from this number. Who are these people?
I have recieved these calls also. I was told they where sending th police to pick me up as well and hung up on me. They wanted me to call and talk to someone named Curtis Jackson and said that I have charges filed against me and I will be arrested. Has anyone found out who these people are and what we can do to stop this?
I've been recieving calls and I've not been answering and today I called back. Said he was calling my husband from the State Attorney's office. Curtis was the Indian I talked to. I called him back three times and told him I was calling the REAL attorney general office tomorrow morning. He hung up on me. Called him back again, and he said Oh My God.
I told him it was all over the internet about this phone number and click he was gone again.
I've gotten calls from this number and others saying I'm under investigation,I'm going to jail and this morning that I worked for 888 company and when I lose my job I willl know its real....to which point I was lmao cause I own the company...its a scam I talked to the attoney general.The calls are always from someone with an India accent..Now folks these people in India are trying to scam Americans out of money...yet we outsource jobs to India..I boycott every company that outsourses there
did they want you to send a money order to ashley nichols in ft meyers florida, we have the same thing happening
Yes I received the same call ... the man was threatening that there was law suit associated with my name and that I needed to call Curtis Jackson lol isnt that the rappers 50 cents name too funny. But yea this guy had my social sec # and everything I told him he had the wrong info and he needs to get a life lol I'm sorry but with that accent I cant take him serious if I had too! No offense to anyone but these ppl need to get real who are they kidding. In the years to come a social sec # will not mean much anyway so sad that this one # can make you or break you if you are not careful with how we use it. I have learned that the hard way not able to obtain a loan and so much other negative stuff .. life goes on