855-893-2465
Moni
Moni
2013-10-11 15:27:29
Debt Collector
I just got a call from a Donnie Rice or Price of course he had the the last 4 of my ss#, and he claimed he had a civil suit pending against me, that he wanted my deposition before the court order was issued.  Im not returning this call to 855-735-4671.
2 months ago I got the same call from a guy with an Indian accent at my job, he called repeatedly at east 20 times, that I had to disconnect the phone line, he cursed and threatened me and my family. I called the FTC and reported these scammers.
Harry
Harry
2013-07-27 18:39:04
Debt Collector
Got many calls for ASB Associates(at first they did not want to identify the company's name) claiming that I owe a aspecfic amount because of a  payday loan taken and not paid.  They referred to an account in my name in a state 2000 miles away.  They gave me the account number.  I checked with the bank they verified that there is such an account number but it is in some elses name and they do not have any account under my name or SS.  ASB claimed the debt was for a payday loan not paid and would garnish my wages if not paid.  That interesting, because I have been retired for many years and do not have a pay check coming from any employer.  Beware of ASB Associate.  They are scam artists and will do any thing (threaten, "will send the sheiff after you", Have a judgement agaist you", etc.) to collect an alleged debt.  If they do call, ask them to send you proof of debt letter and hang up.  It is the law.  This company(?) has a variety of scenarios for debt collecting. BEWARE, BEWARE, BEWARE and do not submit to their threats.  Call the FTC and report and the incident to them.
kris
kris
2012-11-09 17:11:39
Debt Collector
Autobaun Financial.....claming to serve me papers at place of employment. Yea right...they will get escorted off.
TBell
TBell
2012-09-05 18:06:22
Debt Collector
Got a call asking for an employee who's longer with our company. I didn't tell the woman caller this.  Asked who it was, "Stacy" and what company and whether this was a personal call.  She said it was a business call.  I told her our company policy is that we do not accept personal business calls.  She said that only HR could tell her that - I responded that I have my orders and we don not accept personal business calls. She then said that this employee owed $2000 and that since it was a legal matter... and that he had listed our number as his home number. I informed her that she just broke a federal law in divulgling confidential information about an employee's personal matter.  That the call was recorded.  She got very nasty and told me I couldn't do anything about it. I did tell her the conversation was recorded and I could tell her whatever I wanted and do the same...  like hang up! lol
Hate these bottom feeders.
KatG
KatG
2012-03-28 13:58:09
Unknown
Also received calls from 855-373-1871,  asking for my voluntary fraud plea and claiming to be with my county's court.  Absolutely full of crap. Don't ever apply for anything remotely questionable online.
Ben
Ben
2012-03-12 19:45:39
Unknown
I recieved a call from this number, a man identified his as Greg. He said that I'll be going to court in the county that I reside in, next Wednesday. If I call his Attorney Justin at this number 1-855-893-2465, ext 119 to avoid extra charges.
Jules
Jules
2012-03-09 20:52:54
Debt Collector
Saw the ASB and Associate's caller's name on another search for 855-373-1871. I also got a call from Tony (Toni) Blunt. She first called my mother-in-law threatening that she was sending the sheriff with a summons...I called her back, informed her I had looked up their company and knew this was a scam. I insisted on them sending me a letter confirming the company ASB and Associates was legit. She refused. She asked me how I could have "looked up" their company since I didn't know the company name. My husband calmly informed Toni that they would get nothing from us over the phone. I told her that I was going to report them to the FTC, because the FTC ordered them to stop doing this. She told me to "go ahead and report us"...Now seeing the same name under the other post more than confirms that this is a scam. I called the FTC and filed a complaint. They also told me to read the Fair Dept Collections Praticies Act. Note: THEY HATE IT WHEN YOU'RE EDUCATED ABOUT THE LAW in these matters...
ron
ron
2012-03-07 07:49:59
Unknown
It's illegal to threaten. Report them to FTC, Att. General in your state. Bottom line they're scamming you into giving them money. Don't fall for it. Those b*****ds need to be stop and arrested for terrorism.
ELV
ELV
2012-02-28 18:39:12
Unknown
Just got a call from some guy he sounded American states he was calling from Auto Bond Investigations stated I had 3 pay day loans that were unpaid a a bunch of bad checks.....REALLY?  what the hell???? Anyway threatened me that I was being served today at work at 4:00 pm and to get a criminal lawyer wished me good luck and hung up on me.  Not sure why these people have called me twice now interrupting my work and upsetting me.  I dont believe this is legal
Alexa B.
Alexa B.
2012-02-22 13:59:17
Non-profit Organization
they called me with the company title of a.f.b. associates sounding very rude and unprofessional claiming to be someone from an attorney's office to mediate my debt of 400-something dollars. He had my social, and account numbers from when I had applied for a loan online (stupidly, I'll never do that again). I never recieved 400 something dollars though from any loan company to begin with.....They told me that criminal charges would be pressed on me and that I must pay now and they settled with me for 250 dollars after negotiating with his "supervisor" for about 15 minites. The next day after I paid 250, my bank teller told me that its in my best interest to close the account, and that it def. sounds like a bad case of fraud. That same day I saw over a dozen bad reviews connected to this same phone number, from other victims of this same fraud. They diserve to go to jail!
It is a fraud and illegal
It is a fraud and illegal
2012-02-21 21:22:39
Unknown
For Release: 02/21/2012
Court Halts Alleged Fake Debt Collector Calls from India, Grants FTC Request to Stop Defendants Who Often Posed as Law Enforcement
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that the FTC alleges collected phantom payday loan ?debts? that consumers did not owe.  Consumers received millions of collection calls from India, and that since January 2010 the operation took in more than $5 million from victims, according to the FTC.

In tough economic times, many consumers turn to high-interest, short-term payday loans between paychecks.  The FTC alleges that information submitted by consumers who applied online for these loans found its way into the hands of the defendants.    

Often pretending to be law enforcement or other government authorities, the callers working with the defendants would falsely threaten to immediately arrest and jail consumers if they did not agree to make a payment on a delinquent payday loan, the FTC?s court papers stated.  Claiming to be law enforcement, such as a local police department, the ?Federal Department of Crime and Prevention,? or simply a ?federal investigator,? the callers typically demanded more than $300, and sometimes as much as $2,000.  At other times, the callers said they were filing a large lawsuit against the consumer because of the delinquent payday loan or would have the consumer fired from his or her job, according to the FTC.  

But the consumers did not owe money to defendants ? either the payday loan debts did not exist or the defendants had no authority to collect them because they are owed to someone else, according to the FTC.  The court order stops the illegal conduct and freezes the operation?s assets while the FTC moves forward with the case.

?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 Bureau of Consumer Protection.  ?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.?

The case of Mark Merola is typical of consumers the defendants targeted.  A caller with an Indian accent reached his wife at home and told her Merola would be arrested and immediately imprisoned if he did not pay what he owed on a payday loan.  The caller later said he knew where Merola worked and threatened to send police there to arrest him.  Despite not being delinquent on any loan and not owing money to the caller, Merola was afraid of the threatened arrest, so he paid $523.87 to the defendants.

As part of its continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress, the FTC charged Villa Park, California-based American Credit Crunchers, LLC, an affiliated company called Ebeeze, LLC, and the companies? owner, Varang K. Thaker, with violating the FTC Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

Over the last two years, consumers have filed more than 4,000 complaints with the FTC and state attorneys general about fraudulent debt collection calls.                                                                        

According to the FTC?s complaint, Thaker obtained information ? often including Social Security or bank account numbers ? about consumers who had inquired about, applied for, or obtained online payday loans.  Thaker worked with telephone callers in India who called consumers using deceptive statements and threats to convince them to pay debts that were not owed or that he was not authorized to collect, the FTC alleged.

Thaker also profited handsomely from this scheme, according to documents filed with the court.  He has withdrawn tens of thousands of dollars from the American Credit Crunchers and Ebeeze bank accounts, the FTC alleged.

According to the complaint, Thaker and his companies:

falsely told consumers they were delinquent on a loan, they must pay it, and the defendants had the authority to collect it.
falsely claimed to be law enforcement authorities or attorneys.
made false threats against consumers who refused to pay the alleged debts, including threats of arrest or imprisonment.
harassed and threatened consumers so that they often paid the alleged debts out of fear of being arrested or sued.
For more information about how to handle callers who claim to be debt collectors, see Who?s Calling? That Debt Collector Could Be a Fake.

The Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 4-0.  The FTC filed the complaint and request for a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division on February 13, 2012.  The next day, the court granted the FTC?s request.  

The FTC would like to thank the following agencies for their help in this case: the Colorado Department of Law; West Virginia Attorney General; Kentucky Attorney General; Idaho Department of Finance; Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; and County of Santa Clara ? Office of the District Attorney.

NOTE:  The Commission files a complaint when it has reason to believe that the law has been or is being violated, and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law.  

The Federal Trade Commission works for consumers to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC's online Complaint Assistant or call
1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357). The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The FTC's website provides free information on a variety of consumer topics. Like the FTC on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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rob
rob
2012-02-21 00:47:42
Unknown
Anyone know who this # belongs too? Called stating they represented the county I lived in and were gonngonna "serve" me with some papers?  Weird!
1-201-399-4580 1-877-514-5966 1-877-801-4708
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