The keep calling, I haven't picked up but know that I do not have any delinquencies or collections.
HOW DO YOU MAKE THEM STOP CALLING......?????
Do NOT be concerned at all!! Complete scamming technique!! The FBI has a website that has info on all of the ongoing scams out there.
I ALSO RECEIVED A CALL FROM 415-223-1180 FROM A KEVIN PATTERSON CLAIMIMNG TO BE CALLING FROM SOME ATTORNEYS OFFICE IN CALIFORNIA HE PROCEEDED TO TELL ME THERE WAS CRIMINAL CHRGES PENDING AGAINST ME AND I OWED SIME OUSTANDING BALANCE ON A PAY DAY LOAN WHEN I ASKED HIS TO EXPLIAN TO ME HOW HE GOT MY NUMBER HE BECAME VERY ENRAGED AND HUNG UP I TRIED CALLING BACK BUT HE KEPT HANGING UP ON ME I KNOW THIS IS A SCAM AND I AM GLAD TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHERS BEING HARRASED AS WELL FOR A MINUTE I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO STOP THEM.
Its Monday and I cant wait for the calls to start at my work since they were also calling on Friday!! Do they not realize that Americans are smart enough to notify the employers of what is going on. I also went through this about a month ago and let them know that I knew it was a scam. So what??? they wait a month and then start calling again?? Dumb camel humpers. This is one of about 6 numbers that I have had dealings with, all 6 are using magic jack. BE WARE of any # calling to collect a debt as they are using this device which allows them make it look like they are calling within the US when actually they are thousands of miles from here and stole info from the internet. My company is waiting for another call! This is harrassment and they will be stopped! I am being transferred to another state in a couple weeks so I am just waiting to see how long it takes them to start harrassing me there too, seems like no matter how many times you have your number changed they keep calling even calling you by the wrong name...hahahaha...sometimes the dumb B cant even pronounce her own (supposedly) name (very American name)!
I got the same message to on my work anwering machine. They have called me before maybe about a month ago. When I told the guy with indian accent that he can speak with my attorney and when I was asking him questions he started calling me out of my name. I hung up on him, he called right back and said the police with be at my job to pick me up and good luck and screamed out Bi....th. then hung up on me. No police never should up. If the are calling from the States Attorney Office, they would have provided any information you ask for and they would have sent you documentation in the mail.
One leg of this scam has been shut down:
Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it was shutting down two California-based companies that used a call center in India to defraud Americans out of more than $5 million over the past two years.
Workers in India made threatening calls to Americans getting them to pay money on debts that they didn't owe, the FTC charges. At an FTC press conference in Chicago on Tuesday, fraud victim JanLaree DeJulius explained that she had received a call from someone claiming to be an enforcement officer from the (phony) "Federal Department of Crime and Prevention," who threatened to have her arrested and have her wages garnished if she didn't pay a bill of more than $730. The scam artists had gotten her name and information from a payday loan her ex-husband had taken out in her name.
"It was very embarrassing," Dejulius said. "He knew everything about me so I agreed to set up an installment." She is not alone. According to the FTC, more than 8 million calls were made since 2010 and at least 17,000 transactions processed across the United States related to the global scam.
On Tuesday under request from the FTC, a U.S. District Court in Chicago stopped the international operation, charging Varang K. Thaker and two companies he owned, American Credit Crunchers, LLC, and an affiliate Ebeeze, LLC, with violating the FTC Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
"This is a brazen operation based on pure fraud, and the FTC is committed to shutting it down," said David Vladeck, director of the FTC's consumer protection bureau. "Consumers should not be pressured into paying debt they don't remember owing. Legitimate debt collectors must provide consumers with both written information about the debt, and instructions for protecting themselves if they don't think they owe the debt."
According to the FTC's charges, Thaker used Social Security numbers and bank account numbers obtained from payday lenders to identify the victims for his scam. He outsourced the work to an Indian call center, where workers made threatening calls to American consumers to pay fake debt or collect on bills for which they were not authorized.
Thaker was not available when contacted by telephone on Tuesday. A woman who claimed to be Thaker's older sister and asked not to be named for privacy reasons said he is working with the FTC to help the Indian government pursue the fraudster call center operators. She also said he was innocent in the scam. "He was being used by somebody. He didn't even know where they got the information," she told The Huffington Post by phone. She said that her brother got 10 percent of the earnings from the scam operation.
The FTC charges against Thaker are the latest in a series of police actions by the government agency to put an end to rogue debt collection operations that have become more frequent in the aftermath of the Great Recession. In January, the FTC struck a $2.5-million settlement with debt-buying company Asset Acceptance, LLC, charging that the company had falsely represented itself to customers, including making up phantom debts that customers no longer owed. Last October, the FTC filed a complaint against seven other fraudulent debt collectors, alleging that they had engaged in the same techniques -- demanding money from customers who owed nothing at all.
The growing number of Americans who are unable to pay their bills has meant there are more companies looking to profit from their economic difficulties.
Debt collectors have been taking more aggressive tactics as fewer people are able to make ends meet or are in a cycle of debt. More than 30 million Americans are in debt collection, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since 2010, more than 4,000 complaints have been filed with the FTC and state attorneys general about fraudulent debt collection calls, the FTC said.
Charles Junitkka, a personal bankruptcy attorney who represents clients in the New York City area, said, "In the last few years, the desperation of the collectors and their efforts have intensified because of the economy."
This story has been updated to reflect comment from a woman who says she is the sister of Varang Thaker. Thaker himself was unavailable for comment.
Just got a call from this number as well. I've had calls from these people for the last couple of years,always a different company name. They've stated that I was being sued, a bench warrant for my arrest and so on. Today was from Adam John, always a very American name for very foreign sounding people. If you really want to make them mad,ask to speak to someone with a clearer accent. :)
This company called me stating that I owed money for a cash advance. They even had some of my personal information and they also called my place of employment. They stated that I owed $590.90 and that if I did not pay that I would owe over $3000 and that I would be arrested and that there was a lawsuit filed against me in California. As they had me on hold I looked them up and found out they we're a scam. When they came back on the lien and I mentioned this to them and told them I was going to report them to the authorities then they started using profanity and said that they would call me as many times as they wanted. When I told them that the call was being recorded they continued to use profanity and hung up.
I also got a message this morning from a woman with an Indian accent saying it was a time sensitive matter and I need to return their call or my attorney I believe she said. She mentioned the name hotline renovations? She said if I did not call back she wished the best on me as the situation unfolded on me causing legal issues. I do not have any charges other than a speeding ticket which my attorney is taking care off and is actually settled now. How are they obtaining our information & this cannot be legal. Did any one find them on BBB what is the name of the company?
this number been callin me at my work place this is not good or professional at all when you work in the medical field someone needs to put a stop to this right away!!!!
So, how concerned should I be that the Indian guy told me that police is coming to my work (I'm a teacher) to arrest me and that I have to be in San Francisco by 11:00am on Monday for my court date to pay the money owed plus attorney fees? Like, should I give my boss a heads up? He didn't ask me for money right away and got so mad at me when I asked him if I could talk to someone who spoke better English. He finally hung up on me after saying that he would report me to blah blah blah (couldn't understand). Should I be concerned?
My fiance got a call from this number this morning, and just as I suspected, it's a scam. He got the same line of BS as everyone else on here. We were suffering finacial hardship at the end of last year and I suggested he see if he could get a payday advance. He checked around online and submitted his personal info. I am glad we had a family member loan us some money, because I'm now afraid of what could have happened if we had given our personal bank information to a scam artist in lieu of a few dollars. I guess if we are ever ever ever in a desperate bind like that again, I'm going to thoroughly check out the loan website we are applying to. I think that the people responsible for maintaing the websites these scammers are getting our personal information from should be held responsible for selling our names, numbers, and social security numbers!
I recived numerous phone calls from this number about me owing a pay day loan that i was being sued over. The first calls said that I would have a Sheriff at my place of employment to arrest me if I did not pay $499.99 asap. When I started asking questions about it the hung up and everytime I called back they hung up. Later in the day I got more phone calls with more threats about fed. prison, and I had to pay $945.75 to be paid using 2 Wal Mart pre paid Visa's. This is a scam and I have contacted the FBI about this matter.
I have received a call from the number 415-223-1180, this man claimed to be an attorney that wanted to help me out of legal problems related to a payday loan.
I have never gotten a payday loan, when I told him I thought he was trying to scam me, he told me good luck with the legal problems that were about to unfold.
I told him I have an attorney and would the Indian guy care for his number. He threatend me with the law I didnt answer any of his muffled questions my only comment was "Speak with my attorney"
I received a call from this number saying I owed the and when I tried to get info from them explaining what for they wasn't willing to tell me anything I googled the number and name and found out that it's a scam
It is a scam a Curtis Jackson trying to get information 415-223-1180. Do not give out your informaiton
Who does this phone number belong to?
I got this call from this number 415-223-1180 and his name was Ron Watons you cound't understand a workd he was saying. He said he was from state attorneys office and had some legal docements about a pay day loan that I took out online and that I need to call him back. They called my work number and my cell how do you get these people from calling you at work?
i just got a call this morning as well saying that charges for check fraud and theft, and that i am being sued for $3000. i have no idea who these people are. they told me it was about a check advance i took out which i never did. how do i get them to stop calling my work.
They are calling me too I would like to report them as well! The "lady" that called me had a very strong Indian Accent and claimed her name was Adam Jones, when I told her to stop calling she immediately called back. I got the name of the supposed attorneys office.
I received numerous call from this number all day. I finally answered as was told their were charges against me and police where on my way to my job. They said I had to pay a sum of $560 and $5000 to the state. Allegations included check fraud, theft by deception and extortion. I blocked the number and would like to pursue a lawsuit. Anyone with information please respond.
i keep getting callls from this number and the are calling my job and saying that i have charges pending against me for taking out a loan they gave me online and i didnt pay it but when i ask for they information they say get in touch with kevin patterson and give me the noumber 415 223 1180 to call and that is the same number they call from and when i call back they hang up on me and they harass my employer alot and causes great problems for me. THIS MUST STOP...
Received a call at 6:54 AM EST!!! I called back around 9:00 AM EST and a male with an Indian accent identifying himself as Kevin (Somebody) answered the phone and when I told him I was returning his early morning call he asked me my name. I told him that he had called me so obviously he already knew my name and then he hung up on me. Really? He had to ask my name? How many people does he call at 6:00 in the morning? Number has been added to Black List on phone.
Sad but True
This is an offshore payday loan debt collection extortion scam that has been going on for at least five years. The FBI is aware of it but is unable to go after those involved due to lack of money and manpower. I looked back and found some old information which may prove to be helpful:
They obtained your information through Teletrack:
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
I received a call from this number from a lady with an Indian accent. She had my name and SSN. She said she was calling to get my attorney information. When I asked why she said I would have to speak with the head attorney. When i called the number I was provided, which was the same number she called me from, it rung a few times and than the busy signal. I don't know how they got my info.
I received a call stating that I owed a loan with a company that I never had a loan with. When I pressed for information the man with an Indian accent claiming to be Kevin Peterson stated that I had to make a payment today or further legal action was taken. They claimed that I got a loan through my email that was deposited into my account but when the company tried to withdraw payment it didn't go through so they were filing several charges against me. They also stated that this suit would be filled against me in the state that I currently live. When I began to press again for more info like, what bank, when was this loan taken out and what state was it taken out in the man got rude and stated that I would have to deal with the sheriff department at my work. How they got my work cell number is beyond me but that is one of the numbers they called me at. After hanging up on me I attempted to call back and they had blocked both of my numbers.
I also received a phone call at home and at my job, stating they were from the state attorneys office, they spoke with Indian accents, very hard to understand, stated I needed to call them back, that I owed money and if I did not return the call they were filing judgement on me and was told to ask for Erica Davis. They did not answer the phone when I called back. This is a scam, I do not have any charges pending, they had my home and work number, but asked for Jeannie, none of my creditors call me by that. I will be reporting this to the BBB. I also need more information on them and how I can stop them from calling or accessing any personal information.
I just received a call from this number they spoke with Indian accents, he stated he was from an attorneys office and that i had legal charges pending against me for theft, he said i needed to pay them $640 or go through the county it would be around $3000. When i asked for more information about these charges and who was charging me he said he would have to look up the information but gave me a number of 415-223-1180 ext 219 and to ask for Kevin Petterson. When i called them back i was unable to get through He did ask for personal information but he also had a lot, he said he would be contacting my employer also. This is a scam I do not have any charges pending, i will be reporting them to the BBB. I need more information on them and how can i stop them from calling or accessing any personal info?