The exact same thing happen to my husband. My husband demanded a copy of the bill and the man became irate!!!!! Scam!!
I received a phone call from this company demanding $1585, at first I thought this was a scam. I told the rep by the name Joshua cooper that I want to verify this information with the AMR. He accepted the fact that I didn't have a clue for this bill and was pretty helpful, I contacted Amr with the account number given by the rep, andfound out that i actually owed that money, so I call them back, not only did this guy Joshua give me a reduction but also waived a $5 service handling fee. I really liked the way he talked and for gods sake he could pronounce my lastname correctly. Next time u have an Amr bill just try and ask for joshua cooper, it helps.
LOL....I get the feeling John is one of the bottom feeders working in debt collection.
Just got a call at 12:00 pm, recording sounded like a mideast accent talking with s*** in his mouth, couldn't understand hardly a word, did make out something with debt collection and the phone number, What a crock of s***, I owe nothing to anyone other than outstanding debts that are being paid on a timely basis. If someone thinks I owe an unpaid debt then send me a "legal" correspondence stating exactly what is owed and to whom it is owed, other than doing just that whomever this is can "stick it" where the sun don't shine! I have wriiten the number down and told everyone to ignore this number if it rings again but if I am around the next time it rings I will answer it and once I know I have a "real person" on the line I will give them an ear full of an air horn blast that will clean out the wax in their ears!!! Just waiting for them to call again, the air horn is sitting next to the phone...just waiting...........!!!
I am on the donot call list. I would like my number removed from whoever is calling me from the 800-443-1297 immediately..
Ssup . . . let me guess, you're a illiterate collection monkey masquerading as a victim? Suck a fat one.
Well, the only problem is that many people are getting calls and absolutely owe NO bills. So "shouting scam" is actually quite appropriate. And, per the FDCPA, the callers only have five days to MAIL a debt validation letter showing that a debt is owed and that the caller has the legal right to collect said debt. BTW, refusal to mail this documentation is a violation of the FDCPA, and as such, no one should pay any alleged debt until they receive the legally mandated DV letter..
I got the call from this num too.....I thought this is a scam...but as it turned out...that was my bill for my Ambulance transport which saved my life....which my own American insurace was not ready to pay on....so guys do recheck if u have any bills pending...bfre...shouting...scam...thats not an excuse....
Hey Shill, the only loser in the thread is you! Can you even read? Are you an illiterate? Did Jnev indicate owing a bill?
What, exactly, does the President of the United States have to do with you being a loser who won't pay his bills?
Got a phone call asking me to pay the remaining charges that weren't covered by insurance for an ambulance ride that happened 6 months ago, I told them I would get a hold of the ambulance company and verify I still had outstanding charges and the phone operator asked how soon I would be calling back to make the payment to them. I used google to write down the phone number and found their number here. I really hope I can block their phone number....
Keeps calling claiming unpaid bill. Told them toail it and stop calling.
The same thing happened today. Barely understandable and giving the name of someone with mental health issues. I'm forwarding to our attorney general's office.
Oct. 22, 2013, 10:08 am, I received a call from this telephone number, but the caller left no message. Doing independent research, it's coming from a private firm; Bay Area Credit Service, and is a Debt Collector! They are violating the Fair Debt Coll. Practice Act, Title 15 U.S.C., Sec. 1692, et. seq..
There suppose to send a debtor a letter of demand with all details. A debtor has a legal right to challenge the debt in (30) days. If the Creditor fails to provide accurate proof of the debt to include liability to the debt, the Debt
Collector must cease all collections, stop all communications and cease and decease discharging personal and private information of another, to another.
If you have this evidence, the Atty. General can now move in on the caller company, and fines to even civil awards can be levied. Thought you should know.
we are on NO CALL LIST
this number called
I keep getting calls from this irritating place asking for someone I don't know. They will not take your name off there list I asked them to take y number off please. I am on the Don't call List also. I also have an Unlisted number. I am tired of being harassed.
this number has been calling me for past 3 weeks i answer noone is on the other end of the line i add my number to no call list but i dont think its working...
I keep getting calls from this number and I have no idea who they are because my bills are paid and I don't
Have ANY unPaid ones o please stop calling. I am on the donot disturb list but what good is that it seems like harassment and we can't stop them from calling us. I have filed complaints and heard nothing back
The DNC does do its job! People tend to really misunderstand how it works and generally do not understand that the dnc does not protect you from the scams,frauds,extortionists and the unscrupulous nasty's that refuse to obey laws. Charity's and political, along with some survey's are exempt from this. Most of those will place you on the their internal DNC if asked though and there is a political DNC (it works very well too I might add) list you can sign up with.
Complaints filed with the DNC and other agency's are used to establish a pattern, then they can take action. They do make busts, they do fine them, and they do make arrests. You also need to realize that some of these bad actors are located in foreign country's and then their government has to work with ours. Slow it may be, but it does happen!
The more complaints filed, the more info they have to go on!
With that said, its important to file reports so that information is available to law enforcement agency's.
Please do file reports with the FBI, your state attorney general and Department Of Justice,FTC & FCC..
Section 809 of the FDCPA http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf requires 3rd-party debt collectors to give debtors written notice of debt (the key word is *shall*) :
"§ 809. Validation of debts
(a) Within five days after the initial communication with a consumer in connection with the collection of any debt, a debt collector shall, unless the following information is contained in the initial communication or the consumer has paid the debt, send the consumer a written notice containing?
(1) the amount of the debt;
(2) the name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed;
(3) a statement that unless the consumer, within thirty days after receipt of the notice, disputes the validity of the debt, or any portion thereof, the debt will be assumed to be valid by the debt collector;
(4) a statement that if the consumer notifies the debt collector in writing within the thirty-day period that the debt, or any portion thereof, is disputed, the debt collector will obtain verification of the debt or a copy of a judgment against the consumer and a copy of such verification or judgment will be mailed to the consumer by the debt collector; and
(5) a statement that, upon the consumer?s written request within the thirty-day period, the debt collector will provide the consumer with the name and address of the original creditor, if different from the current creditor."
A Collection Agent May Not?
Here are the top 11 actions prohibited by the The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:
Misrepresent Him or Herself
A debt collector may not misrepresent himself as an attorney or law enforcement officer.
Use the Telephone to Annoy or Harass
A collection agent may not cause a telephone to ring or engage any person in telephone conversation repeatedly or continuously with an intent to annoy, abuse, or harass anyone at the called number.
Threaten Arrest or Lawsuit
A collection agent may not threaten a consumer with arrest. It may not threaten legal action that is either not permitted or not actually contemplated. In other words, a the threat of a lawsuit may be an empty one.
Use Abusive or Threatening Language
A debt collector may no use abusive or profane language in the course of communication related to the debt.
Publish a Bad Debt List
Publishing the consumer?s name or address on a "bad debt" list is prohibited.
Contact By Embarrassing Media
A debt collector may not communicate with a consumer by post card. It may not use any language or symbol, other than the debt collector?s address, on any envelope when communicating with a consumer by use of the mails or by telegram. A debt collector may use its business name if such name does not indicate it is in the debt collection business.
Contact a Consumer at Work
A collection agent may not communicate with consumers at their place of employment after being told this is unacceptable or prohibited by the employer.
Seek Unjustifiable Amounts
A debt collector may not demand any amounts not permitted under an applicable contract or as provided under law.
Contact a Consumer Represented by an Attorney
A collection agent may not contact a consumer after it learns the consumer is represented by a lawyer.
Communicate With a Consumer After Receiving a Validation Request
If a consumer sends a written §1692g response within 30 days, the collection agent may not communicate with the consumer until it mails the consumer the requested verification of original creditor's name and address.
Communicate With Third Parties
A debt collector may not reveal or discuss the nature of a consumer?s debts with third parties other than the consumer?s spouse or attorney. A collection agent may contact neighbors or co-workers only to obtain location information. It may contact a third party again if it has reason to believe the information the party provided previously is false.
Bills.com FDCPA FAQ
Below are questions Bills.com readers ask frequently:
Can a Collection Agent Call My Cell Phone?
Yes. However, if you tell the debt collector it may not use that number because it is a cell phone, it may not contact you again at that number.
I Keep Receiving Dozens of Calls From Collection Agents. Is That Legal?
No. Unscrupulous collection agents will use "block parties" or "office parties" where they contact a consumer, multiple neighbors, or co-workers telling them they need to reach the consumer on an urgent matter. This is not permitted under the FDCPA.
A Collector Says I Will Be Arrested if I Do Not Pay
This was a true statement before the US Civil War, but has not been true since. People may be arrested if an aggressive judge files a bench warrant for a person who does not appear at a hearing relating to a lawsuit regarding a debt. However, in that case, the offense is the failure to respond to a court order, and not the existence of the debt. As stated above, it is illegal under the FDCPA to threaten a consumer with arrest if the consumer does not pay the debt.
Lord God, these damn people. This is why so many states now are enacting laws regarding aggressive collection tactics. NEVER give personal information to someone that calls you, and if they get upset, as some have done with me, just ignore them or better yet, tell them what they need to hear. Get it? No company has the right to call you before 9am or after 9pm. THE NATIONAL DO NOT CALL LIST IS A JOKE. F U OBAMA.
Angel L. Gonzalez
Got a call from this number, woke me up and when I said hello, the idiot hang up!!!
The are a collection agency for American Medical Response (ambulance service)... Very rude and will not provide any info.
This number has been calling me for quite sometime, I took the advice of this list and called them. They are your typical persistent jerk credit debt collector but it's carried to an absurd extreme. They were looking for someone with the same last name as me. Not scam, they are harassing jerks apparently using the telephone as a torture device when they don't even know if they have the right house. It appears they now have taken me off their list, but it is unsatisfactory that they could call me for years. Granted, calling them takes only a minute, but I would like to know what companies use them so I can boycott those companies. Now if only rachael at card services were as easy to get rid of.
Just calls and hangs up, no messages.
no messages left, previous 100 calls were for my dead mother-in-law stating she owed money (she died penniless, her estate has long since been settled)
File formal complaints to your local Better Business Bureau, then another
to the Federal Trade Commission. After, consider filing a US District Court
litigation? Before doing so, you must build your case! Log dates, times,
locations (if applicable) and what was discussed. The chronology will build
your case. Hope this helps?
You are advised to file a formal complaint to the California State Attorney General, as they are responsible for enforcing Senior Citizens Laws against
abuse, neglect and other injuries! If no response, then another complaint
to the Better Business Bureau in your locale? You'll definitely get a response then!
The caller from (800) 443-1297 has called my home 2x this afternoon. I live in Hawaii. One call came in at 2:57 pm and another at 2:59 pm, May 22, 2013. Each time not leaving a message!? After reading the above. I am going to send a Confirmed Delivery Letter to that company, then follow up with a formal complaint to the California, Atty. Gen. Office, then Better Business Bureau in my locale, and then consider a U.S. Dist. Ct. litigation! Breaking the laws governed under the Fair Debt and Fair Credit Reporting Acts will not be tolerated. Under Title 15, U.S.C., Sec. 1692(f), a consumer is entitled to challenge a debt demand for accuracy to include if it truly is yours? If they fail, then they must cease all collection activity and not report the debt in your identity to anyone Credit Bureau. If they do, then they graduate to Criminal Statutes! In my case, I'm debt free!
We have also been receiving numerous calls from them trying to collect on an at&t bill that was not even past due. They kept trying to make me give them a credit card number or checking information. I told them I would pay at&t and i hung up on them. They tried to harrass me but I gave it right back and told them never to call again.
Tired of Being Harrassed
This company calls my father-in-law's number several times a day starting around 8:15 am until just after 9:00 pm. I work nights so that I can care for him during the day. He is dying of leukemia but these people don't seem to care. I have repeatedly asked them to stop. I have let it go to the machine. I have picked up and hung up. Nothing works!! I notified all his creditor's when he went into the nursing home that he was required to turn over his income to them to pay what Medicaid wouldn't. He is still paying. Some of his creditor's wrote it off after I sent a letter from the nursing home showing his stay. I guess one of them decided they wanted their money and don't seem to get it that he doesn't have any. I just want it to stop!!!