I got a call from Alex from this number saying I was approved for a loan from $500 to $8000. Then asked me how much I wanted then told me I would have to go to Walmart with my ID and cell phone so he can walk me through the process when I get there. I also had to have $225 cash on me as well. SCAM!!!!
this company called my employer demanded that i was worker even though they were informed i wasnt .. called back several times and was asked not to call back . They continued to call until my manager took their number down and informed them she would be reporting them. What can be done to stop the phone calls . The guy even said he was transfering her to a supervisor . When the new person came on he swore at her and hung up.
i just received a call from this number at my work place. a man with an Asian accent named "james" informed me he was with Microsoft and my computer was emitting a dangerous virus and would shut down at any moment. Working for AT&T we have excellent IT support teams. no way would I be getting a phone call from outside my company. Our Anti virus software would have notified me way before I received a phone call from anyone. I asked james for his call back number, he reluctantly provided it all the while in an urgent voice telling me I needed to hurry because my computer was going to shut down. for the humor of it, I asked him what he wanted me to do...first he wanted me to turn on my computer. well, that was funny as my computer is already on. at this point I hung up on him. I wished I had said.." hold on James,I work for AT&T, I am going to forward you to corporate security"
I have been receiving lots of harrassing calls at work from this company BCS Legal. The man said is name is Dennis Scott and he has a african accent. I have told him that he can't keep calling me at work harrassing me. He even threat my supervisor when she answered the phone. He keeps calling from different numbers and hanging up. I'm going to report him to the Better Business Bureau. I had the same thing happen a couple of months ago. The guy had a indian accent and called from a 347 area code. These people should not be allowed to harrass people like this under no circumtances.
I am also receiving calls from these people on my cell phone. They are calling my fiancee at work and threatening to get him fired. They actually called me tonight 66 times in a matter of 1 hour and 10 minutes! We have told him to send up paperwork, but he refuses. He told us we have to pay him $585 or it will cost us $4000 in court! He has been extremely rude and we have been getting rude back. I am going to report him to my state's attorney general tomorrow, but there has to be another way to stop these people. Does anyone have any ideas?
I received 13 calls from this scam company within 15 minutes on my cell. Three different messages from the same voice but different names each time. He even had the last four of my ssn. If you have get tis happen to you, file s identity theft report with the FTC. It is a scam and illegal. If they do have an account it is from am illegal online payday loan company you may or may not have actually received a loan from.
The same thing happened to me I had an Indian accent man saying I had gotten a payday loan online and I needed to pay 711.00 or they would press suit against me. I was smart I wanted to research the company first so I did provide a prepaid debit card number that had no money on it and researched the copany and that is when I came across all f this
I got a threatening message today from a 347-347-1122 and to return his call to a 347-586-0494 he claims his name is Sean woods and he has a Indian accent. And says if I don't call him back I'm going to have a lawsuit against me and owe 5,000/10,000 in court fees. And he's going to come to my place of employment with two cops...because I took out cash loans. Which I have a few years ago and paid back. So I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do. Not sure if they have called my place of employment which I would be very angry if they do call. I haven't received any letters or emails or anything saying I have a lawsuit against me. And as far as I knew you couldn't go to jail for not paying a bill. So do I just ignore them or what...if anyone has any advice please give me a little...
i call the attorney generals office here in Texas and they said there was nothing they could do.THEY. TOLD ME NOT TO PAY ANYTHING.they said if it was a real lawyers firm, they would send you a letter too.they told me not to answer the number any more,
Dear Victimized, don't feel stupid, I almost gave them 297.00 dollars over the phone, I mean it was close but my gut started to do the talking! Jerks!!! I'd like to get my hands around 5 or 6 of their necks and put em' out of biz!!
lakesha, This is very important, is it a middle eastern man with a heavy accent and is he calling you from a 347-347-1122 phone #?
Who are these guys? Has anybody inquired about them with a real attorney, talked to your state attornies' office. How about a friend driving by their address and finding out if they even exist? I did take out a payday loan, and I might owe that company some money. However shouldn't I have a copy of a complaint filed against me, before the subpeona? S*** somebody help me out here???? Oh and 1 more thing everytime I ask them for a copy of the complaint they get belligerant, nasty, tell me to cover my head and my butt and then hang up!
The # they are calling me from is 347-347-1122
I received a call from a male who called himself "Xavier Wingster", and from another one who called himself "Daniel". Said they were calling from American Recovery Services, a collection agency representing Cash ADvance USA. Both had very heavy accents, and they threatened lawsuits and wage garnishments, and all kinds of terrible things. Foolishly, I fell for it, and got scared. Said I owed money on a payday loan, "Cash Advance USA", and they took over $900 dollars out of my checking in May 2012. Then, today, they tried to get another $330. Faxed me a settlement letter to sign and send back. Said it was from PCS. After I got the call and paid a debit card payment over the phone for $330, I contacted my bank, and filed a police report, because I got a second call today from a second individual, claiming to be from the same firm, saying that none of these people who I named worked for his firm, and that I probably paid money to someone who was scamming people, and I should only make payment using GreenDot Money Pack cards bought from Walmart. So RED FLAGS went up and they have been reported. Probably no way to prosecute. Police say they are probably doing this from overseas. The credit card transaction traced to a truckstop. Address ?????. ANyway...I feel really really stupid for falling for this, and very ashamed.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! I HAVE A BLOW HORN FOR THEM WHEN THEY CALL ME BACK!!!
I to have being getting cals from this number as well as other numbers including one time calling with the 911 number . It is always an indian man with a tv in the background. And he uses different company names and even one time claim I was approved for a loan. This is insane. I don't answer the phone and I keep all the numbers and messages he leaves me. Who can this be reported to?
I RECEIVED THE SAME CALL TODAY!!! AND A FEW OTHER TIMES AS WELL
I'm getting harassing calls from this phone. Threatening that they have a legal suit against. They have my ssn last digits. They're foreigners.
If your interested in pursuing these scammers contact your local Police and File a complaint. Request a subpoena (they may refer you to a judge) and fax it to 720-888-5631. This is Level 3 Communications fax number for subpoena support. I'm in the process of seeing how expensive it would be now.
I have gotten several calls from these guys. I just tell them my husband is a lawyer and to give me all the information plus there contact numbers. They usully hang up and its a while b4 I get another call. My hubby isn't really a lawyer but they dnt know that...lol
YEAH ITS A RIPP OFF COMPANY ,USING A FLOATING PHONE NUMBER BOX ,THEY ALWAY CALL FROM A DIFFERENT LOCATION WITH THE SAME STORY. ITS MOST DEFINITLY FAKE
got a call from these people today saying I have legal actions against me and need to call them back right away they are scanners trying to get my money I'm not calling them back at all .
These people are frauds and will call and call and if you ask for to much information from them the will cuss you out.. THey keep calling this business so I informed Lance Walker I would have the legal dept call him back and he told me F*ck you 5x's in a row (that was the clearest thing he has said. Payday yes is the company they are linked to because we have tried it out and confirmed this information.. If you have a online payday loan with them of ever applied that is who has your information. Don't feed into these people they are trying to steal your MONEY.. previous notes showed where they actually have gotten some people to pay a ridiculous amount and you will never get your money back. SCAM ARTIST THESE PEOPLE ARE..
It is a scam. If you ever tried to get a payday loan online that's where they get your number from. They set up fake websites for loans and get your ssn and all your info. They've been doing it for years. I would just report the number.
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.
Also calls from 347- 491-5137. Heavy Indian accent, making threats of arrest if I don't pay immediately even though I don't owe for any loans. I am on the DO NOT CALL registry yet calls like these keep coming through
Received a call from (347)-474-7041 this morning. I have been dealing with these same people for months. A couple of months ago a man with heavy Indian accent called my cell and work several times telling me he was with the State Attorney's Office. I told him NOT to call me on my phone or at work ever again and that I was reporting the number to the FTC. I did report to FTC and the calls stopped for nearly two months! Well today he calls again. I didnt answer my cell so he called my work number. The ladies laugh when they answer because I am not the only one here they harrass. This time he claims he was with the FBI!!!! SO I found this humorous and kept asking him to repeat everything twice becuase I couldnt understand him. He got so furious that he said they were on there way to arrest me at my place of work. I laughed and hung up. He called right back and told one of the other ladies that he was mad and needed to talk to me right now because I had hung up on his face!! LOL She got him to leave his name as Gabriel Johnson with the FBI. During the time she was telling me he called back, he called my cell phone four more times!! I do not owe anything to them and this is a complete scam.!!!!! I am again filing with the FTC!!!
I just got a call from this number rom a Richard from pcs or bcs and i'm being sued told me to hold on and someone would be with me then hung up and called back i hung up on him he left 2 messages. I went on my provider and had 2 numbers from them blocked. Said something about a loan, I can't get one so someone is scamming to get info.
I received a phone call from this man. I told him the person he was looking for did not reside here. He then proceeded to tell me to take down his number which I refused. After I hung up he called back repeatedly until I finally picked up and told him if he continues to call I will file a harassment suit. He then told me to go F*ck myself and many other ugly things. All I know is this has got to be illegal and HE CAN CALL BACK IF HE WANTS TO BUT THE MORE EVIDENCE I HAVE THE MORE MONEY I'LL GET WHEN I SUE YA A**!!
I received a call from this number threatening me with legal action. I have never spoken to these people before and have had no dealings with them. Please stop them from harrassing me for no reason.
just got another call on my daughters phone he threatened her and me . Im contacting the better business now. He has commited a crime by verbally threating us!!?