From Lamet's post:If you are targeted by these criminals, be sure to report them to all the following federal and state law enforcement agencies (most of which you can do online or over the phone):1. The U.S. Secret Service is responsible for protecting the country's financial infrastructure and payment systems from international and domestic threats. Call or write your local Secret Service field office to alert them to the details of this attempted extortion. The addresses and phone numbers for the local Secret Service field offices are listed at http://www.secretservice.gov/field_offices.shtml or in your phone book.2. Alert the FBI at https://tips.fbi.gov Be sure to tell the FBI that you are being targeted by extortionists over the phone. And if the crooks claim to be law enforcement or lawyers, officers of the court or bankers, be sure to include that information in your report.3. File a complaint with your local police. Most police departments will take a report over the phone. Be sure to tell them that you're being targeted by an extortionist and give them all the details.4. File a complaint your state's attorney general, the contact information for whom is at www.wvago.gov5. File a complaint online with The Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/FTC_Wizard.aspx?Lang=enIf these crooks call back, promise them nothing, pay them nothing and tell them nothing other than that you know they're a scam and that you've reported them to law enforcement. (And be sure to report them to all the agencies above each time they call you.)By the way, here's just a small sample of numbers used by this particular group of scammers. Read the reports and you'll see the same pattern time and again -- phony organization names, thick foreign accents, and oddly worded threats that are so melodramatic and ridiculous that it's laughable:http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-771-9249 Scammer posting here as GARY and GARRY JONEShttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-866-860-4509 Scammer posting here as Mike Hendersonhttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-212-500-0839 Scammer posting here as Rickyhttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-201-244-7722 Scammer posting as Carole, David Brown and Amandahttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-626-200-4646 Scammer false postings at this new number as silshan kanniue and Tina – preparing a new number to use.http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-424-354-4270 Scammer false postings as Rosehttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-785-4479 Scammer posting as Roberthttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-909-327-4870 Scammer false postings as Marryhttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-646-274-1143 Scammer false postings as Karen Miller, Chichi and Tom Littlehttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-561-300-8018 Scammer false postings as Marco Polo (real original)http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-877-226-7488 Scammer false postings as SAM, David Shttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-888-706-7463 Scammer false postings as Georgehttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-209-349-7382 Scammer false postings as Towanda Robinson, Shannon Walsh, Jack Dawson and Cynthiahttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-760-514-0132 scammer false postings as Suzy01, Johanna Hall, Cindie McMellon, Michael Dublin, Mark Williams, Carol and Rio (800notes removed some of the scammers posts because the all came from the SAME IP ADDRESS)http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-209-797-2212 scammer false posting as Jaison Connarhttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-707-401-4056 Scammer false posting as John Carner, KSRhttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-650-241-4604 Scammer false postings as jhon and Kevinhttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-708-401-0535 Scammer false posting here as JHONhttp://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-518-212-0219 Scammer false posting************************************************************************************************************************Consumer Alert: Attorney General warns Kansans of debt collection scamJanuary 29, 2010 -- Attorney General Steve Six is cautioning Kansas consumers about telephone calls from apparent fake debt collectors who are impersonating law enforcement officers in an effort to extort money from consumers. Consumers are warned to not submit payments to these fraudulent debt collectors.When calling, the scammers most often state they are attempting to collect a debt related to an internet payday loan obtained by the consumer, but which the consumer never repaid. Consumers state they have never obtained such a loan or paid off the loan years ago. The scam artists have most recently identified themselves as ACS, National Affidavit Processing Department and United Financial Crime Division, but may use additional phony names. It appears the phone numbers used by the scammers are “spoofed” numbers, so that the number appearing on a consumer’s caller ID is not the actual number of where the call originated. It appears the calls in question may be originating from outside the United States.When questioned, the individual calling refuses to disclose the full name or address of the collection agency they claim to represent. These scammers have been able to provide consumers with identifying information, such as the consumer’s social security number, home address, e-mail address, names of family members and the consumer’s computer IP address. Since the callers are able to provide valid personal information, consumers may become confused and believe they are being contacted in regard to a legitimate debt.If the initial debt collection scam is unsuccessful, consumers have been re-contacted months later with the scammers posing as law enforcement officers or officers of the court. Typically, the consumer is threatened with arrest for fraud or some other fictitious crime unless the consumer agrees to immediately wire money via Western Union. The fictitious officers strive to frighten and confuse consumers into compliance by using legal sounding terms such as “We’re filing an affidavit against you” or by stating a lawsuit has been or is in the process of being filed against the consumer.A hallmark of each scam has been calling consumers repeatedly at their place of employment. This scam hit home when an employee of the Kansas Attorney General’s Office was repeatedly called both on her cell phone and at work. Despite the employee’s repeated verbal disputes, the caller refused to provide any identifying information to allow her to send a written dispute. The scammer also continued to call her numerous times a day regarding a payday loan she denied obtaining. Two months later, she was again contacted by telephone by an individual identifying himself as an “officer”. “I denied owing the debt and refused to pay without being provided validation of the debt. I was then told, ‘If that’s the case, I will have local law enforcement come to your place of business and drag you out kicking and screaming’,” stated the employee.“It is important for consumers to know their rights under the law,” Attorney General Six said. “If a consumer is receiving calls from a debt collection company and believe it is a scam, I encourage them to contact our office immediately.”Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), collectors are required to send consumers a written notice within five days of the initial contact. The notification should contain information such as the amount of the debt, the name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed and a statement informing the consumer they have thirty days to contact the debtor in writing to dispute the debt or request validation of the debt. In addition, legitimate debt collectors are prohibited by the FDCPA from making false or misleading representations, such as the consumer has committed a crime, implying nonpayment will result in the consumer’s arrest, or using the threat of violence.More information is available on the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf. To register a complaint with the Kansas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, call 1(800) 432-2310 or visit www.ksag.org.http://www.ksag.org/page/consumer-alert-attor ... collection-scam
I recieved a call on 1/29/10 from a man with a very heavy accent saying that there is going to be legal action taken out on me due to some payday loan. The man identifed himself as Mr. Jeffery Stewart from the Cyber Crime Unit. I asked Mr. "Stewart" several questions about this matter because he wasnt making any sense with his information and claims he connected me to his "supervisor" who then connected me to his "supervisor". By time its was all said and done with these people told me that if I pay them one thousand dollars right now the matter would be resolved. I spoken to three heavy accented men who two out the three sounded the like the same person. They had all my personal information and threated me claiming that I was the one commiting fraud. They also hung up on me when i requested a orginal certifed sign document with my signature saying that i agreed to terms and conditions of a loan with them . I plan on taking action against these people for their scam and harrassment.
This guy from MBS tells e I am going to be charged in court for a crime, for not paying a quick pay loan .com which I never got. Have me arrested and charged.
Call me back or your attorney immediately or i feel sorry for you.
I received a call at work stating that I owed this money and that I would have to pay to keep from being prosecuted. I was like WHAT!!!! She went on to say that I would be picked up from work by the sheriff Department and to call Jeffery Stewart back regarding this debt im still in shock so I tried to call the number back and got no answer that is when I thought I may be getting scammed
I received a call on my cell phone and my office line from some claiming to be Jeffery Stewart with the Cyber Crime Unit. He informed me I had an affidavit to appear in court "tomorrow" which is impossible because that would be an appearance date over the weekend. When I pressed the person on the other end to identify himself he stated that emails had been sent to my email address from the "National Business Service" or "NBS." This so called person named Jeffery Stewart raised his voice and badgered me and then said that he was going to transfer me to his supervisor.After talking to the supervisor who did not know my name and asked for my last name to pull up my records I felt I was being scammed. I stated that the last individual whom I spoke with had my name, my email address and my social security number.Watch out folks - I've already alerted Equifax of the potential fraud to my SSN and to notify me of any new accounts being opened.
I got calls twice from people that have heavy accent, could be from another country, pretending to be calling from Orange County Law Group & Excel Law Office Tampa Florida.I spoke to someone named Edwin Carter and said that I have a case# that will be loading to the court house that I owed money to QuickPay.com. I don't even know the company. While I was talking to him, he hung up twice so I called back ad I was told by someone that answer the phoene to shut up.
They called my office after 5:00 PM on 1/20/2010 and someone name Linda Andrew asked that I call them back. I did not because I believed it was a scam. She called my office again this morning and asked why I did not call her back and I told her it was because this was part of a scam and she was not to call me back at work again. She argued that she was not calling my place of employment and that this was not a scam and she was going to transfer me to her supervisor. I hung up and a short time later I received a call from her supervisor however due to the language barrier I could not make out her name. I advised her not to call me at work and that I also called the attorney general's office in Maine and she wanted to know whose name I gave them or who did I file the complaint against. She quickly told me she had a meeting to go to and that she would call me back and I better take the call.
Better Business Bureau has issued a national alert about phony debt collectors that are calling consumers nationwide and claiming that they have defaulted on a payday loan and will be arrested if they don’t pay immediately. Claiming to be lawyers, the scammers say they are with the “Financial Accountability Association” or the “Federal Legislation of Unsecured Loans” and often have the victim’s Social Security, old bank account numbers or driver’s license numbers as well as home addresses, employer information and even the names of personal friends and professional references.Phone numbers that the scammers are calling from include: 949-468-5107, 415-200-0274, 213-784-5745, 408-715-1614 and many others.http://800notes.com/articles/News.aspx/UmghNAGYQwANpAjL5OOhYA
Ok i called them back the name of the company is Orange County Law Group (not a valid compnay name) they said that i have court case tommorow mornign and that they will comign to arrest me beacue I owe money to a quick cash.com never heard f teh place I told him I get calls like this about every 3 months and that I would have my attorney call them and he said have a nice day and hung up.
I must call them back imediatly or the only thing they can wish me is good luck