I got a call at my sister's mother-in-law's house about an urgent legal matter from Michelle Silver from CR Associates. Without verifying my sister's identity, they gave her a case number and that I should call back immediately. Why give someone a case number they don't know that I am related to? So I called and a guy answered and he just answered with a 'Hello'. No company name mentioned. I asked to speak to Michelle Silver, apparently she was busy but it sounded like the TV was playing in the background. The guy, Mike, I spoke with was very aggressive and threatening. I caught him in a few bluffs. He never verified any of my information with me such as social, address, phone, or anything. He just told me I was getting sued for unpaid debt. Yeah so avoid 877.298.7306 was the phone number I contacted. I filed a complaint with the FTC as well. My number is listed and if someone wanted to get ahold of me, they easily could.
i was called by this number as well, they wanted me to make a payment and give my bank info. i told them i would call them back and then did a research on this company and found this website, http://www.budhibbs.com/debtcollectorpages/consumer_recovery_cmts.htm
seems these people are scammers
Similar thing happened to me. These people keep calling my aunts house regarding an urgent matter asking for me. All the info they left her with is a case number and the 877 number. I've asked my aunt to give these people my home number so they can contact me directly. Never got a call. My aunt continues to get phone calls from this outfit at odd times of the day. I've reported these scammers to the FTC.
I got a message left on my phone from this this company asking for my daughter. I called the number to find out what it was all about. The person that left the message, Mrs Hartman was not available. They didn't give any info accept that it was urgent. I googled the information and found several sites leading me to think it was a scam as well.
It's more than likely a collection call. Do you have a lot of unpaid debts? In my opinion it's time to pay for them.
For your benefit
If you receive a call from this number, you have been called by junk debt / collection agency that buys debt from original creditors that has been written off or settled and is beyond the statute of limitations in most states. They are trying get the money for themselves, not the original creditor.
They are reportedly a serial violator of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). They may be illegally using credit information obtained from Experian or other credit reporting agencies.
This company has been known to contact and harass people they believe may know the person they are trying to reach including distant relatives, ex-spouses and possible former co-workers.
NEVER answer these calls if you see this as a caller ID. NEVER return these calls. NEVER give them ANY information about the person they are seeking or refer them to others.
Any "positive" comments you read in these notes about the company may have been written by employees of the company.
The company is:
Consumer Recovery Associates
2697 International Parkway #4
PO Box 2916
Virginia Beach, VA 23450-2916
The following is the most comprehensive information gathered about this company from various sources on the Internet.
***If you've been called by a number not on this list or by someone using a different name, please copy this list, add the number/name in the correct order and repost it in its entirety.
Company Names that CRA reportedly uses:
CIA and Associates
Consumer Credit Association
Consumer Recovery Associates
C & R Associates
Farm CIA & Associates
J Lamb and Associates
and possibly GC Services
Chris Adams / Christopher Adams
Sarah Brevard / Sara Brevard
Sarah Danvers / Sara Danvers
Mr. Gilam / Gillum
Sidney Albert Glenn
Conrad Gray / Conrad Grey
Jay Lamb / J Lamb
Kristen / Kristin
Lindsay / Lindsey
Marisa / Marisha
Chad Miller / Chat Miller
Sherri Morse / Sherry Morse
Gary Reison / Gary Reasons
K C Scott
John Sheldon / John Shelton
Ms. Silva / Silvia / Sylvia
Liz Spiegel / Spiegle
Stacy / Stacey
Curtis Taylor / Curtis R. Taylor
Maranda Whiten / Miranda Whitten
If you want to take positive action:
* Report them to the Virginia Attorney General:
* Call the Federal Trade Commission at +1.877.382.4357 and file a complaint
This unscrupulous company is illegally using credit information to harass and scare innocent people. They called one of my former co-workers at home and left a message. NEVER return these calls. NEVER refer them to others. NEVER answer these calls if you see this as a caller ID.
It's a collection call alright. To collect all your money. They're scammers.