If you have ever conducted business online, your information is out there for hackers to steal and sell on the internet black market.
This is a criminal extortion scam operating out of India. They are making the calls utilizing VOIP and the names of legitimate firms to make it appear the calls are originating from within the US. There is NO "company" or "debt" and you will NOT be arrested. They are harvesting and/or buying consumers' personal identifying information from unscrupulous websites like the one you may have filled out an application with, and you need to do whatever you can to protect yourself. This includes: Notifying the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/, placing fraud alerts with all three credit bureaus, notifying your bank and employer and letting these criminals know you are aware they are attempting to extort money for a non-existent debt and have alerted the authorities.
ABC News released an investigative report on this scam in June. The FTC has indicted one of its ringleaders for criminal fraud:
I have received many phone calls as early as 6:30 a.m. I finally answered it..The man on the other end had a very thick accent..He told me I had three criminal cases against me..He not only rattled off my SS# but my address..He was also calling me on my cell phone which I don't understand how they get this information..He told me that I needed to call his manager, when I told him "no" he said there would be a sheriff at my door on Monday to serve me papers...I promptly googled the number to confirm it was a scam...I just don't get it..Where do they get all of there information? So irritating!!
This number 916-287-3958 has called me once every month for the past 3 months. threatening to sue me if I do not get a lawyer right away and have them call him.
some guy with a thick accent Called me so many times, even private, and left voicemails about criminal charges against me.
i received a phone call from thisman with the number 916-287-3958 said he was an attrny said there was an affidavit with my name and social security number attatched and i took out a loan with there company and refused to pay it back ............claims its cash advance america .... or at least pretending to be a customer rep ...../attrny .................i simply recorded the whole conversation .....from them caling me to them getting another call from me recorded all comments made ......forwarding this to m attrny and im going after them ...i suggest u all do the same because this time the a***ole stated he was a customer rep attrny for cash advance america so even if this is a bunch of poorly educated indians from over seas and i cant sue them im going after advanced america because he loudly and clearly said i am an attrny representing cash america !!!!!
Pull your credit report. Your identity may have been stolen. Hackers have recently stolen SC taxpayers' information and are selling them on the black market.
This guy claiming to be an attorney called my phone 3 times when I ignored the calls he called my boss and told him to have me call him about some legal issues asap. . Called my boss! When I called him this morn he said I had a warrent out for me for check fraud and some kind of internet fraud. . .said if I did not pay some payday. Loan off the police would arrest me at work in the morn! I'm glad I searched the number and found these posts. . But as with y'all he had my address , phone number, where I work along with my ss #.
I got a call from this number today. On my work cell phone stating that I was being sued. Which I found odd because this number has only been on for about three weeks. they gave me a 916-287-3958 number to call and ask for ronnie cooper. I glad I found this discussion board now I know its a bogus call and to just ignore it.
Just received another threatening phone call from 9152873958.. this time I was told my husband was going to be arrested at his job tomorrow.."Steven Scott" could not give me any information of who and why my husband was going to be arrested..I had to call back "Ronnie cooper." In which I did he actually talked to me this time. "Ronnie" told me that it was for a payday loan that we had received threw his company..Now he is a lawyer not a federal agent.."Ronnie" told me that he had all of my husbands information SSN, Address, DL#, his job information..I asked him to give me all this information and he recites me information that is NOT actually My husbands information.. THANK GOD!! So I tell him that it is not his information.. Then he tells me that I need to pay him $6000 or he will have my husband arrested tomorrow..I laughed knowing this is no way in hell true..I tell him I know this is a scam then he tells me " THEN WHY IN THE "F" ARE YOU EVEN TALKING TO ME YOU STUPID IDIOT!... I told him to waist his time like he has been wasting mine for 2 days.. So now I am calling him for hours telling him I am a lawyer and I am filing a lawsuit against him for being a "F TARD" .. I have to admit this is fun!
I got a phone call today from this number, They wanted to know who my attorney is so I could deal this 3 law suites for a loan that I have, I told him that I had no idea what law suite or loan he was talking about. He then told me that I needed to call another number and talk to another person that could tell me what the suites were for. I was driving at the time and told him that he would have to get back with me as I could not write at the present time,
I called this number back and the person that they to call was the one that I was supposed to call on the other number was the one that answered. I asked him what was going on and he told me that I needed to give him information on these law suites. I told him I didnt know what he was talking about and he started yelling I am going to have you arrested at work tomorrow morning by the Sheriff. I called the District Attorney, Sheriff's office and one of the local television stations that does a real good job on investigating scams. The Sheriff told me that they dont arrest people for defaulting on a loan unless there has been court dates missed.
I have tried to call the number back several times today and they just hang up.
The other thing that bugs me is that they had my SS number,
This person said his name was William Kelly from the Federal Legislation law Firm called my work and left a message with my receptionist that it was urgent that I called him back. When I called the number (916) 287-3958 The man with a heavy middle eastern accent told me that I defaulted on a loan from Cash Advance America. and I was going to get served at my work by the Sherriff?s office tomorrow if I did not work out arrangements to pay out of my bank account. I told him just wait I have not ever in my life gotten a cash advance from any company. After I told him that he hung up the phone on me. I went on line and researched William Kelly and the Federal legislation Law Firm and never found anything, but when I researched the phone number I found out that is is a total scam. It is very scary how this guy got my work and my personal info. I am going to report them to the Authorities.
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Stating his name is Jon Anderson and when I call back he hangs up.
Hopefully he will get the hint and realize he isn't going to scam us! All I know is I have my 9 ready for him if he shows up!!! Threaten me and show up at my house you will eat lead!!!
I got a call from this guy this morning saying that he was from suntrust bank...silly him my account is closed at that bank so it didn.t work...IT IS A SCAM PEOPLE...give me 24 hours and i will be back with a post with his info.
My husband and I received NUMEROUS phone calls from this Steve guy..with the 9165873958 He has a thick middle eastern accent..phone today number saying that we have a payday loan that is in default and he is a federal agent..After we told him we have never ever even taken out a payday loan he called me a liar and that He was going to be calling 911 on us.. He refused to talk to me because I am a woman( his words) he would only talk to my husband My husband told him OVER AND OVER again we do not have a payday loan.Then after the 100th time that he called us in a row..( I mean seriously hanging up and calling back) my husband finally told him to "F" off..well that made him mad.. so then he told us that he knows where we are and that we was going to rape and kill us!! Among very revolting acts that he would like to preform.. WTH!? After this we called the police well they were no help either..sigh..All we got was a case # Yeah this guy is a NUT BAG! I hope they catch him!!
I got a call on my cell phone from this number while at work. I let it go to voicemail (because I was working) and while I was listening to the voicemail he left on my cell phone (telling me the exact same things he's telling everyone else) the same number called my work number. I called the number back and got nothing. On the voicemail, guy said his name was Mark Watson and that I or my lawyer need to call him back asap as this was time sensitive and if I didn't call back immediately then "whatever happens next- falls on me.". After calling the number back a couple times with the same result of the line picking up with no one there, I Googled the number. Thank goodness I did as I can now report this to the proper channels as a scam. Thank you everyone for the head's up!
Just got the same call today. From John Johnson , couldn't tell if it was a guy or girl , saying I'm being charged with check fraud, n 2 other charges. I said isn't that a little rediculous. "It" said I don't appreciate that kind of language and that their is a warrant out for my arrest by the FBI and see what happens in the next 24 hours. So I called the police station, ss office and went to my bank. Then called "it back and told them I filed a police report and the FBI will be contacting them, and "it said f*** u , go f*** yourself! Lol. Don't know what to think. Fn weird. I'm glad I saw this. now "it" won't answer the phone". I just keep calling every spare chance I get. You should do the same , just keep calling the # a few times , or when u can to help stop this loon. Creepy thing.
This number contacted me today November 24, 2012 an assisted I call another number to speak about legal issues pending these legal issues.I told him in this country,when their is aa legal issue concerned a formal letter is sent out in the mail and I hung up.He kept harrassing me with back to back phone calls.I never picked up again.
OMG crazy! I had the same two charges come out. One was a regular draft like I would have from a check card purchase and the other had a check # which I would never use. I had them both reversed by my bank and have closed that bank account. This guy called my phone and left two messages yesterday, Thanksgiving and also left one at my job yesterday.
I called the Sheriff's office, reported this to IC3 and also put a fraud alert on my credit report. I was also able to do a block on my cell phone that sends them straight to voicemail. Some people claim that they get a person when they call back, but all I get is a beep. Monday I am calling the FTC and also going to call the Sacramento CA Attorney general as well as the Broward County Attorney General. This really scares the crap out of me and I wish it wasn't a holiday because I will worry over the weekend until I can get a hold of these attorney generals.
Amazing how these people have my personal info and I have no idea who they are.
I am reporting them to the FDC on Monday when they open again. I also put a fraud alert on my credit report, my bank account has been cancelled, reported them to IC3 and i put in a report with the sheriff's office. They are not going to get away with this. They are also set to go straight to voicemail on my phone.
I received a few of these calls also on Thanksgiving no less. I couldn't even understand anything but the phone # and that I need to have an attorney call or he wishes me good luck on this matter. Some very heavy indian accent. I tried to find the news story you linked but couldn't. I did go to the FTC link but can't report until Monday because they are closed today due to the holiday. I also blocked the # from being able to reach me, it will go right to voicemail and I called the Sheriff and made a police report. These people have me very scared.
Michael White (which you can't even say plain) STOP calling my phone....How the hell did you even get my number you freaking scammer!! I have only had this number for a week and it's unlisted you stupid crackhead!! go get your money somewhere else cause it will be a cold day in hell before you EVER get anything from me....I fell for that before but not again...how about I just give your number to the local police department and see what you have to say to them!!!
Call your state atty gen office to file a complaint. The callers are scammers
i have a forein guy calling my cell phone and now my work phone i dont know who this is and he is from california. i have asked them to stop calling my phones and he cusses and threatens me. i have never had or gotten a loan yet he insists i did. I HAVE NOT!!!! please report this number.
i have been bothered by this number all day long they told me that i had 3 criminal charges against me and that i needed to contact this person named john anderson at the same number ext 124 then when i call it rings 3 times and then goes to static.
This guy called me today asking if I had an attorney. I think that is what he said, I could not understand him. He told me to call the 916-287-3958 number and ask for John Anderson. He said this was a serious matter and that I would be arrested tomorrow morning at work. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and my office is closed, I said come on down. These guys called me about 4 years ago, with different tactics, but the odd thing is, I have not applied for credit in years.
Some from this 9162873958 has called several times. I ignored calls until tonight when they called again with a vmail. Stating that this was very important and to call immediately. so I did a man with a heavy indian accent said that I had 2 counts of fraud, online fraud and thief by deciption against my name and SS#. It scared me to death. If I didn't responded by me or my lawyer then the police would be at my house to arrest me and my retirement checks would be halted in Dec. I do have a loan but not by the company he stated. I called my loan company and verified my info and stated that I thought is was a scam. I gave them the 2# that I had and they were going to report them. This man wanted me to repay $ so that the proceeding could be stopped. Wanted me to get a Netspend reloadable pac card. But to call before I got it. He did say he was from the Atty Gen Off of California. So be warned. If he calls me in the morning. I will tell him that I have reported him and will do so again. So STOP calling me.
I got this call around about two weeks ago asking me if i was diabetic and then the next day they called me if i needed insurance and i kept getting random calls and all of the sudden i get a call telling me that they where the state of California and they had got a subpena and that i need to get a lawyer so i told him Wait didnt you just call me and try to sell me insurance so i started laughing and he said this is a serious matter that the FBI and the Sherriffs will be coming to arrest me for a payday loan i owed LOL i laughed again nope u got the wrong number when i hung up seconds later he calls my job and i told him if he doesnt stop i will call immigration on his a** and he hung up