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Report by FedUp Long ago Unknown
I am tired of getting calls, and threats from these people. They are telling me I owe outstanding checks. I have asked them to provide proof, I have been told to go an check with the companies that I supposedly owe this money too, so I did, there is no record of me owing them money. I just got another phone call, and after I relayed the same information and requested proof of debt the caller told me that they were going to issue a warrant for my arrest and that I should not drive. Does anyone know how to get hold of someone who can stop this?
Report by stephanie Long ago Unknown
They say I borrowed money, But did not have companys name or number. They continue to call , but can not call them phone call does not go through
Report by Qua Long ago Unknown
This number continues to call me from a man by the name of Mr. West, stating I wrote a bad check for 1 im 23 I do not write checks at all, another they can not state when this happened or nothing, like I am glad I am not the only one, we should track and sue for harrassment
Report by Misty Long ago Unknown
Jay they are not a real company please do not lead people to believe that they are.
Report by Misty Long ago Unknown
I believe this is anthor scam. This people will not provide proof of the supposed debt that I owe. I do not pay ANY bill collector without something in writing. They could even tell me wo is trying to collect the debt I mean really??/ If your trying to get money from me at least have something made up to tell the person. I wouldn't pay these people nothing and if they do provide proof I would contact the original creditor to verify. Please know your rights under the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act because you do have rights. Do not let these people get your money if they can't prove you owe it.
Report by NDCHAVEZ Long ago Unknown
CONSTANT CALLING FROM THIS NUMBER OR A HARSHED HERSHAD NUMBER REGARDING A SUMMONS FOR A WOMAN THAT I AM SUPPOSED TO OWE MONEY AND THEY ASK FOR MY SOCIAL SEC TO VERIFY IF THEY HAVE THE RIGHT PERSON, DONT GIVE IT AND HAVE REPORTED THIS PERSON MR OR MRS GREEN, TO THE PHONE COMPANY.  THEY DONT SAY MUCH JUST A DISTORTED MESSAGE AND CLEAR PHONE WITH A FILE NUMBER I WAS RUDE SEVERAL TIMES ....BLAH BLAH AND BAD WORDS
Report by Dawn Lodrigue Long ago Unknown
The guy ask me to settle a bill in court.

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714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
I just got the same kind of call. I told the guy that I knew this was a scam and he told me ok and that he would see me at the jail.  He had all my information as well.  I called them back to get the name of the attorney.  The girl who answered gave me the name of Morton Grift.  When I asked her to repeat it or to spell it she hung up.  I called back and the original man who had called me answered and refused to give me the name.  They told me to go to the sheriff's office and call them from there.  Why can't someone stop these people?

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
THIS WEIRDO CONTUNUES TO CALL ME! i work a full time job and get calls atleast 3 times today, very annoying. And thinking about call the police!

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
They have called 3 times now today. First call was for some guy who is supposedly going to be arrested for some criminal case.  Next 2 calls came with in 10 minutes of that one and were for me saying the same thing.Who are these crazies? I am not under investigation for fraud. These people do not identify what attorney's office they are calling from or either what police are planning to arrest you. Both calls left a message and the guy said his name was attorney Scott Miller. Really? Why does he have an Indian accent? If this keeps up I will be calling the police for harrassment!

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
This is the second number I got this type of call from.

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These people called my work today.They had me so upset and scared I almost sent the 780.31.Thankfully my coworkers were aware of the scam.These people threatened that the police were going to be at my house within the hour to arrest me for federal charges of fraud.They couldn't tell me who the loan was through or how much the original amount of the loan.One of the ladies in the office called the police and an officer came and talked to met.He assured me that I was not going to jail.While we were talking another call came through from the same people.The officer kindly took the phone call and Announced to the other party that he was with the local police department and if they called back he would file phone harassment .After I got home this even ing I was looking over my bank statement and there was a charge my cash guardian for 29.95 I google it and was brought here.I was angry.I hope these people are stopped soon!

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
They're saying they depoist money in my account and I didn't pay it back. I have never borrowed any money from them or anyone else.

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
some guy edward smith is persistent harrasing . this guy needs some jail time. he does not stop calling me. calling me since 1 year with different phones. same indian accent. this gotta stop

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
They keep calling me. Was finally able to answer phone at work when he proceeded to tell me they had a case against me, but when I asked 'what case?' he got annoyed and said he talked to me about it yesterday.  I asked again what he was talking about and he said he had to read an affidavit to me then he would answer alllllll my questions. I asked again he wouldn't tell me. Told him I had no idea what he was talking about and hung up.  When I got off work, he had left a voicemail on my cell saying that if I did not call him back he couldn't help me and wished me good luck......of course could hardly understand him which just made It all the more frustrating -.-

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
OMG!!!  That is awesome, this guy just called me again today.......threatening that he has my banking information and is going to take all my money!  On my work phone at that......(what the little prick doesn't know is that my employer has the phone call recorded and my superviosors husband works for the FBI.......and he is already on this!  As soon as the find him, he is going to jail!!!!!!   So he might want to hitchhike back to the Phillipean Island or whatever Asain country he came from!!!  Call me at work again you little B*****d!!!!!!

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
They have been doing the same thing to me, hourly. So I took revenge today and started prank calling them back. Then they stopped answering my phone. So I had all my friends do it. They have mostly stopped answering them so I posted an ad on craigslist for a ridiculously cheap car with that number. Every few hours I call and inform them who I am and that it will not stop soon. The point is, make them think twice about calling a number. If more people would help make their lives unbearable, then we would hopefully see a decline in these calls.

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
Some forign guy from this number just called me on my work number............I knew all about this scam and told him not to harrass me any longer, that he was not getting to me with his threats!!!  I told him I was not going to give him my credit card information or any information!  I hung up on hime and he proceded to call me back on my work number 20 times!!!!  He left me voice mails calling me stupid and all kinds of names!!!  Why can't something be done about these people!!!!  I mean really!!!!!!

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
what did they told to u??how did they ask for payment . they are calling for me also.

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
They did the same to me I send920.21

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
Some man keeps calling my phone saying I took out a payday loan with my current bank account and the fool had the nerve to ask me to identify my social and told his a** that you called me if you're suing me you should have that info already I went to my bank callex these idiots on the phone then he wanted to ack like he could not speak english at theend of the conversation I told him to kiss my a** and send the police Because I know for a fact I've done nothing wrong I'm so glad o did not share my info with these fools.

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
This phony company called me and I told the lady who answered with a hello who is this?  No company name or anything and she asked who called me, and I told her that I knew that this was a scam and I was calling the sherriff in my county and letting them know what they were trying to do.  This lady didn't even know what she was talking about.  When I mentioned sherriff she hung up on me.  LMAO that sure got her to think twice.

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
WOW! These are some nasty people. I was going to pay, but the caller could not give me the case number she was talking about; everytime I asked her, she would start talking about me going to jail for the loan that I did not make! But your right I did a pay-day loan for my son he is 21 and i don't want him back home (smile)I paid that back in one week. That's what made me think twice about this company. I have the lady there so mad, i have called all day yesterday and when I left the police dept this morning i called her back she hang up.

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Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand MoneyBy BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) June 7, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place."This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years."I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men."I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing."I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme."If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam."Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false.Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script."Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children.""You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water."William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially"These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community."I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576.Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was." "It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared." Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money.If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said.Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively."There's no place in society for these people," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
these people at 1-714-515-5503 told me i had a warrant for not payin a pay-day loan online, but i have never did that. So i called the number back and they were so nasty to me, so i told them i was going to the police dept this morning. And so I did when i told the officer what happened he told i was luckly for not giving them my credit card number. But I was still upset because they have my S.S. number, address, birthday, and other personal information. He told me about others cases where people pay and then come to the police dept and there is nothing they can do about. Also these people are getting our personal information off our home computers, so im getting lock guard today. look out for this number!

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
Wow I just reported the same people to the police this morning 7/11/12.  these people are not real companies. but they do have our personal information. dont pay them at all. the police told me these people are scamming so many people in my area. hang up the next time they call or curse them out like i did.

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
Threatened that the police are going to arrest me at my home address or job, they stated they are a attorney office calling about a loan I got over 5 years that was paid back long time ago.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
They also use 708-898-0966, same scam

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
got a call from Doug Thompson 2/23/13 708-898-0851 ext, 100. Stated I had won a Dodge SUV. Probably a scam..

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Fishy call saying I won Chevy SUV...that I didn't enter to win.Asked to call 708-898-0851 ext 100 for Doug Thompson of Gift Center USA.The call actually came from 708-898-0907 according to caller ID. He left message I didn't answer.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Variation of all the above.Received a recorded message regarding my entry to win a Durango, Said my name was pulled as one of the finalists.That I needed to call back 708-898-0912 Ext 200 and ask for Chris Klu.I never enter any prize draws! and I always google the # . As usual, total scam.Caller ID: Gift Center USA

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Saving voice mail if for no other reason than a good laugh once in a while.  Chris Klu."It's Raining Men"

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
I got that message from mr klu but the number he left for me to call was 7088560709 ext100.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Yep - I won a Ford Explorer also in a contest I didn't enter.  Mr. Chris Klu called me this morning at 7AM!  I thought someone had died.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I also got a call from Chris Klu asked me to call today about being a finalist for a bran new ford explorer.. I called once it rang a bunch of times I called again left phone number and name and asked for him to call me back.....It sounds too good to be true so no more information will be given till I have some proof like have the local ford dealer call me... I also tried the number he called me on 708-966-2377 its busy

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Got the same message from Chris Klu, saying I need to call back today since she has good news about my contest entry for a new Explorer. I knew it was a scam since I hadn't entered a contest.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I won a new Ford in a contest I never entered

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
same message, I guess we are all finalists to win a jeep. Dont you think they should have known my name though? Like congratulations mr jones. I think it was a recording not a real person.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Same thing...same number, same name, same Ford Explorer...and at 8:25 p.m. at night.  Funny thing, as my regular phone was ringing, so was our second line (fax)...wanna bet it was the same garbage?

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
Sorry you don't like my voice. I was excited because your voicemail is really hot. :)Frankie

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Got a call today from this number.  I didn't answer but they left a voicemail, saying I was a "finalist" to win a Jeep (?) Durango SUV.  The guy's name was Frank Allen.  He had a very annoying voice and was a little too excited when giving me this "good news."  Ha.  I won't be calling back.  I don't want a Durango anyway.

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60 Report Long ago Unknown
Just got the same message from Mr./Ms. Klu. We didn't enter a contest to win a Ford Explorer.Please notify the FTC to begin the investigation of the fraud.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
same message only form a guy not a girl... said i entered a contest(lie) and to call 708/ 833-7634 ext 200. SCAM SCAM SCAM

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"you are semifinalist to win Ford Explorer. ...We will call winner within 48 hours."

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I also recieved the same call but at a different number (708-966-4557) from Chris Klu at "Prize Disbersment".  The call is originating somewhere in Illinios, possibly Oakland Park.  I returned the call asking what this was all about and didn 't get a return call.  I then called again and said that if this was a scam, not to call me back and I haven't heard another word.  I was told I was the lucky winner of a Dodge Durango.  I'm  going to contact the FTC about this.

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
same message experience.  Don't give personal info... probably a scam

708-833-7634

60 Report Long ago Unknown
I received a message on my answering machine that I should call Chris Klu and she had good news for me about winning a Ford Explorer.  I called the number 708-833-7634 ext. 200 from a different phone than my home and a recording came on stating leaving my name and phone number because I had won a Dodge SUV.

704-208-4926

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This number keeps calling my home phone asking for a Laron Ware. I think it is a collections call for him/her. I told them to stop calling my number for the 30th time as this Laron Ware has scammed them using my number. Don't you think they would figure this out by now?

704-208-4926

2 Report Long ago Unknown
This number comes out of Charlotte and I have no idea what it is but it is a computer asking you to verify a name.  Probably some collection call.  Hang up or don't answer.

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
I just got the same kind of call. I told the guy that I knew this was a scam and he told me ok and that he would see me at the jail.  He had all my information as well.  I called them back to get the name of the attorney.  The girl who answered gave me the name of Morton Grift.  When I asked her to repeat it or to spell it she hung up.  I called back and the original man who had called me answered and refused to give me the name.  They told me to go to the sheriff's office and call them from there.  Why can't someone stop these people?

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
THIS WEIRDO CONTUNUES TO CALL ME! i work a full time job and get calls atleast 3 times today, very annoying. And thinking about call the police!

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
They have called 3 times now today. First call was for some guy who is supposedly going to be arrested for some criminal case.  Next 2 calls came with in 10 minutes of that one and were for me saying the same thing.Who are these crazies? I am not under investigation for fraud. These people do not identify what attorney's office they are calling from or either what police are planning to arrest you. Both calls left a message and the guy said his name was attorney Scott Miller. Really? Why does he have an Indian accent? If this keeps up I will be calling the police for harrassment!

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
This is the second number I got this type of call from.

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These people called my work today.They had me so upset and scared I almost sent the 780.31.Thankfully my coworkers were aware of the scam.These people threatened that the police were going to be at my house within the hour to arrest me for federal charges of fraud.They couldn't tell me who the loan was through or how much the original amount of the loan.One of the ladies in the office called the police and an officer came and talked to met.He assured me that I was not going to jail.While we were talking another call came through from the same people.The officer kindly took the phone call and Announced to the other party that he was with the local police department and if they called back he would file phone harassment .After I got home this even ing I was looking over my bank statement and there was a charge my cash guardian for 29.95 I google it and was brought here.I was angry.I hope these people are stopped soon!

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
They're saying they depoist money in my account and I didn't pay it back. I have never borrowed any money from them or anyone else.

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
some guy edward smith is persistent harrasing . this guy needs some jail time. he does not stop calling me. calling me since 1 year with different phones. same indian accent. this gotta stop

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
They keep calling me. Was finally able to answer phone at work when he proceeded to tell me they had a case against me, but when I asked 'what case?' he got annoyed and said he talked to me about it yesterday.  I asked again what he was talking about and he said he had to read an affidavit to me then he would answer alllllll my questions. I asked again he wouldn't tell me. Told him I had no idea what he was talking about and hung up.  When I got off work, he had left a voicemail on my cell saying that if I did not call him back he couldn't help me and wished me good luck......of course could hardly understand him which just made It all the more frustrating -.-

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OMG!!!  That is awesome, this guy just called me again today.......threatening that he has my banking information and is going to take all my money!  On my work phone at that......(what the little prick doesn't know is that my employer has the phone call recorded and my superviosors husband works for the FBI.......and he is already on this!  As soon as the find him, he is going to jail!!!!!!   So he might want to hitchhike back to the Phillipean Island or whatever Asain country he came from!!!  Call me at work again you little B*****d!!!!!!

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
They have been doing the same thing to me, hourly. So I took revenge today and started prank calling them back. Then they stopped answering my phone. So I had all my friends do it. They have mostly stopped answering them so I posted an ad on craigslist for a ridiculously cheap car with that number. Every few hours I call and inform them who I am and that it will not stop soon. The point is, make them think twice about calling a number. If more people would help make their lives unbearable, then we would hopefully see a decline in these calls.

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
Some forign guy from this number just called me on my work number............I knew all about this scam and told him not to harrass me any longer, that he was not getting to me with his threats!!!  I told him I was not going to give him my credit card information or any information!  I hung up on hime and he proceded to call me back on my work number 20 times!!!!  He left me voice mails calling me stupid and all kinds of names!!!  Why can't something be done about these people!!!!  I mean really!!!!!!

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what did they told to u??how did they ask for payment . they are calling for me also.

714-515-5503

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They did the same to me I send920.21

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
Some man keeps calling my phone saying I took out a payday loan with my current bank account and the fool had the nerve to ask me to identify my social and told his a** that you called me if you're suing me you should have that info already I went to my bank callex these idiots on the phone then he wanted to ack like he could not speak english at theend of the conversation I told him to kiss my a** and send the police Because I know for a fact I've done nothing wrong I'm so glad o did not share my info with these fools.

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
This phony company called me and I told the lady who answered with a hello who is this?  No company name or anything and she asked who called me, and I told her that I knew that this was a scam and I was calling the sherriff in my county and letting them know what they were trying to do.  This lady didn't even know what she was talking about.  When I mentioned sherriff she hung up on me.  LMAO that sure got her to think twice.

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WOW! These are some nasty people. I was going to pay, but the caller could not give me the case number she was talking about; everytime I asked her, she would start talking about me going to jail for the loan that I did not make! But your right I did a pay-day loan for my son he is 21 and i don't want him back home (smile)I paid that back in one week. That's what made me think twice about this company. I have the lady there so mad, i have called all day yesterday and when I left the police dept this morning i called her back she hang up.

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Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand MoneyBy BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) June 7, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place."This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years."I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men."I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing."I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme."If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam."Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false.Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script."Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children.""You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water."William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially"These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community."I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576.Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was." "It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared." Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money.If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said.Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively."There's no place in society for these people," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2

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these people at 1-714-515-5503 told me i had a warrant for not payin a pay-day loan online, but i have never did that. So i called the number back and they were so nasty to me, so i told them i was going to the police dept this morning. And so I did when i told the officer what happened he told i was luckly for not giving them my credit card number. But I was still upset because they have my S.S. number, address, birthday, and other personal information. He told me about others cases where people pay and then come to the police dept and there is nothing they can do about. Also these people are getting our personal information off our home computers, so im getting lock guard today. look out for this number!

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Wow I just reported the same people to the police this morning 7/11/12.  these people are not real companies. but they do have our personal information. dont pay them at all. the police told me these people are scamming so many people in my area. hang up the next time they call or curse them out like i did.

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Threatened that the police are going to arrest me at my home address or job, they stated they are a attorney office calling about a loan I got over 5 years that was paid back long time ago.

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They also use 708-898-0966, same scam

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got a call from Doug Thompson 2/23/13 708-898-0851 ext, 100. Stated I had won a Dodge SUV. Probably a scam..

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Fishy call saying I won Chevy SUV...that I didn't enter to win.Asked to call 708-898-0851 ext 100 for Doug Thompson of Gift Center USA.The call actually came from 708-898-0907 according to caller ID. He left message I didn't answer.

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Variation of all the above.Received a recorded message regarding my entry to win a Durango, Said my name was pulled as one of the finalists.That I needed to call back 708-898-0912 Ext 200 and ask for Chris Klu.I never enter any prize draws! and I always google the # . As usual, total scam.Caller ID: Gift Center USA

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Saving voice mail if for no other reason than a good laugh once in a while.  Chris Klu."It's Raining Men"

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I got that message from mr klu but the number he left for me to call was 7088560709 ext100.

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Yep - I won a Ford Explorer also in a contest I didn't enter.  Mr. Chris Klu called me this morning at 7AM!  I thought someone had died.

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I also got a call from Chris Klu asked me to call today about being a finalist for a bran new ford explorer.. I called once it rang a bunch of times I called again left phone number and name and asked for him to call me back.....It sounds too good to be true so no more information will be given till I have some proof like have the local ford dealer call me... I also tried the number he called me on 708-966-2377 its busy

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Got the same message from Chris Klu, saying I need to call back today since she has good news about my contest entry for a new Explorer. I knew it was a scam since I hadn't entered a contest.

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I won a new Ford in a contest I never entered

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same message, I guess we are all finalists to win a jeep. Dont you think they should have known my name though? Like congratulations mr jones. I think it was a recording not a real person.

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Same thing...same number, same name, same Ford Explorer...and at 8:25 p.m. at night.  Funny thing, as my regular phone was ringing, so was our second line (fax)...wanna bet it was the same garbage?

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Sorry you don't like my voice. I was excited because your voicemail is really hot. :)Frankie

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Got a call today from this number.  I didn't answer but they left a voicemail, saying I was a "finalist" to win a Jeep (?) Durango SUV.  The guy's name was Frank Allen.  He had a very annoying voice and was a little too excited when giving me this "good news."  Ha.  I won't be calling back.  I don't want a Durango anyway.

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Just got the same message from Mr./Ms. Klu. We didn't enter a contest to win a Ford Explorer.Please notify the FTC to begin the investigation of the fraud.

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same message only form a guy not a girl... said i entered a contest(lie) and to call 708/ 833-7634 ext 200. SCAM SCAM SCAM

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"you are semifinalist to win Ford Explorer. ...We will call winner within 48 hours."

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I also recieved the same call but at a different number (708-966-4557) from Chris Klu at "Prize Disbersment".  The call is originating somewhere in Illinios, possibly Oakland Park.  I returned the call asking what this was all about and didn 't get a return call.  I then called again and said that if this was a scam, not to call me back and I haven't heard another word.  I was told I was the lucky winner of a Dodge Durango.  I'm  going to contact the FTC about this.

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same message experience.  Don't give personal info... probably a scam

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I received a message on my answering machine that I should call Chris Klu and she had good news for me about winning a Ford Explorer.  I called the number 708-833-7634 ext. 200 from a different phone than my home and a recording came on stating leaving my name and phone number because I had won a Dodge SUV.

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Unwanted call

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I got a call from this # on Oct. 19, 2012 at 3:01 p.m. Pac. Time, asking me to press 1 to redeem a prize, as I had already been selected by some Internet survey (no web or e-mail address) to receive 1 of 3 prizes; or press 3 to be removed from call list

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I found out it is all a marketing ploy to get people to join an adult camera chat website called slicecamcrush.com. I don't know if its a scam or a trap or whatever so be careful.

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I recieved the exact same text earlier today. It read "Hola, Marc!" I sent a reply asking who it was and promptly received another text reading:"lol, if you want to know who this is you have to add me on Yahoo Messenger. My name is txtiegirlie359".  I looked up the area code thinking maybe it was an old friend I may have lost touch with and it showed up as an Indiana number. I live in Dallas and don't know anybody from Indiana. I sent a text asking the sender to give me a hint as to who they were and got nothing in response. If it does by chance turn out to be a hot girl, I will gladly let everybody know.

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Got a text with "Hi (my name)" sent back a ?Said I gotta get on Yahoo Messenger and add txtchick()my carrier's Verizon I said I don't got Yahoo, and received no further response.  .

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Same thing got a text last night asked, replied "who is this?, no response I have sprint in San Antonio...crazy

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same s*** happened to me .__.

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Got a text also, and as others no reply, I have t-mobile in San Antonio

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Got a text from this number with "Hi (my name)..." responded back and no response! I have Sprint, so who knows what's going on.

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I just got a text from this number and it said Hi Mandi! But my phone is registered in my FIL's name, with my name no where on the account....

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my daughter just got the same message on her tracfone which is registered in my name so the text asked for me. wondering how many of the other complaints were from tracfone users. And if maybe tracfone is selling our names and numbers.

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I got a message from this number, asked who it was and got a response saying if you would like to know who I am you can find me on yahoo messanger at something flirty 41

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Texted hola and my name with some !!! So I asked who is this? No response.. Asked y u gotta be a bi*** and still no response? Wtf

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Got a text saying hello to me. I asked who it was and got no response.

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Received a text in the middle of the work day with just my name and a question mark.  No response when I asked who it was either.

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Don't know who the person is...They texted me, i texted back asking who it was, no response.

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Same thing - got a text with my name - I asked who it was - got no response

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This hoe texted me and then did not respond, then i saw on fb a random person who i have no mutual friends with posted asking about the same number, then i saw all these posts. Im concluding they will kill me one day, and we will all die, the end.

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If heaven looks like a boiler room, I'd rather stay on earth.

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I recieved this call also... Turns out its one of Gods angels and is part of the ascension of the world for 2012.. Most people don't know about this but you must respond with a yes and you will be accepted into the 5th dimension, along with a golden ticket to heaven (which is a chocolate factory). I haven't responded because I'm not ready to go yet... Your all very lucky

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I called the number its a text plus number so i have no idea who it is.

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Texts me my name and then doesn't respond.

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Called my cell phone and hung up when I answered.

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no message left

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I just got the same kind of call. I told the guy that I knew this was a scam and he told me ok and that he would see me at the jail.  He had all my information as well.  I called them back to get the name of the attorney.  The girl who answered gave me the name of Morton Grift.  When I asked her to repeat it or to spell it she hung up.  I called back and the original man who had called me answered and refused to give me the name.  They told me to go to the sheriff's office and call them from there.  Why can't someone stop these people?

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THIS WEIRDO CONTUNUES TO CALL ME! i work a full time job and get calls atleast 3 times today, very annoying. And thinking about call the police!

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They have called 3 times now today. First call was for some guy who is supposedly going to be arrested for some criminal case.  Next 2 calls came with in 10 minutes of that one and were for me saying the same thing.Who are these crazies? I am not under investigation for fraud. These people do not identify what attorney's office they are calling from or either what police are planning to arrest you. Both calls left a message and the guy said his name was attorney Scott Miller. Really? Why does he have an Indian accent? If this keeps up I will be calling the police for harrassment!

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This is the second number I got this type of call from.

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These people called my work today.They had me so upset and scared I almost sent the 780.31.Thankfully my coworkers were aware of the scam.These people threatened that the police were going to be at my house within the hour to arrest me for federal charges of fraud.They couldn't tell me who the loan was through or how much the original amount of the loan.One of the ladies in the office called the police and an officer came and talked to met.He assured me that I was not going to jail.While we were talking another call came through from the same people.The officer kindly took the phone call and Announced to the other party that he was with the local police department and if they called back he would file phone harassment .After I got home this even ing I was looking over my bank statement and there was a charge my cash guardian for 29.95 I google it and was brought here.I was angry.I hope these people are stopped soon!

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They're saying they depoist money in my account and I didn't pay it back. I have never borrowed any money from them or anyone else.

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some guy edward smith is persistent harrasing . this guy needs some jail time. he does not stop calling me. calling me since 1 year with different phones. same indian accent. this gotta stop

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They keep calling me. Was finally able to answer phone at work when he proceeded to tell me they had a case against me, but when I asked 'what case?' he got annoyed and said he talked to me about it yesterday.  I asked again what he was talking about and he said he had to read an affidavit to me then he would answer alllllll my questions. I asked again he wouldn't tell me. Told him I had no idea what he was talking about and hung up.  When I got off work, he had left a voicemail on my cell saying that if I did not call him back he couldn't help me and wished me good luck......of course could hardly understand him which just made It all the more frustrating -.-

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OMG!!!  That is awesome, this guy just called me again today.......threatening that he has my banking information and is going to take all my money!  On my work phone at that......(what the little prick doesn't know is that my employer has the phone call recorded and my superviosors husband works for the FBI.......and he is already on this!  As soon as the find him, he is going to jail!!!!!!   So he might want to hitchhike back to the Phillipean Island or whatever Asain country he came from!!!  Call me at work again you little B*****d!!!!!!

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They have been doing the same thing to me, hourly. So I took revenge today and started prank calling them back. Then they stopped answering my phone. So I had all my friends do it. They have mostly stopped answering them so I posted an ad on craigslist for a ridiculously cheap car with that number. Every few hours I call and inform them who I am and that it will not stop soon. The point is, make them think twice about calling a number. If more people would help make their lives unbearable, then we would hopefully see a decline in these calls.

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Some forign guy from this number just called me on my work number............I knew all about this scam and told him not to harrass me any longer, that he was not getting to me with his threats!!!  I told him I was not going to give him my credit card information or any information!  I hung up on hime and he proceded to call me back on my work number 20 times!!!!  He left me voice mails calling me stupid and all kinds of names!!!  Why can't something be done about these people!!!!  I mean really!!!!!!

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what did they told to u??how did they ask for payment . they are calling for me also.

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They did the same to me I send920.21

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Some man keeps calling my phone saying I took out a payday loan with my current bank account and the fool had the nerve to ask me to identify my social and told his a** that you called me if you're suing me you should have that info already I went to my bank callex these idiots on the phone then he wanted to ack like he could not speak english at theend of the conversation I told him to kiss my a** and send the police Because I know for a fact I've done nothing wrong I'm so glad o did not share my info with these fools.

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This phony company called me and I told the lady who answered with a hello who is this?  No company name or anything and she asked who called me, and I told her that I knew that this was a scam and I was calling the sherriff in my county and letting them know what they were trying to do.  This lady didn't even know what she was talking about.  When I mentioned sherriff she hung up on me.  LMAO that sure got her to think twice.

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WOW! These are some nasty people. I was going to pay, but the caller could not give me the case number she was talking about; everytime I asked her, she would start talking about me going to jail for the loan that I did not make! But your right I did a pay-day loan for my son he is 21 and i don't want him back home (smile)I paid that back in one week. That's what made me think twice about this company. I have the lady there so mad, i have called all day yesterday and when I left the police dept this morning i called her back she hang up.

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Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand MoneyBy BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) June 7, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place."This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years."I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men."I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing."I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme."If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam."Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false.Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script."Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children.""You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water."William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially"These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community."I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576.Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was." "It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared." Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money.If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said.Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively."There's no place in society for these people," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2

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these people at 1-714-515-5503 told me i had a warrant for not payin a pay-day loan online, but i have never did that. So i called the number back and they were so nasty to me, so i told them i was going to the police dept this morning. And so I did when i told the officer what happened he told i was luckly for not giving them my credit card number. But I was still upset because they have my S.S. number, address, birthday, and other personal information. He told me about others cases where people pay and then come to the police dept and there is nothing they can do about. Also these people are getting our personal information off our home computers, so im getting lock guard today. look out for this number!

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Wow I just reported the same people to the police this morning 7/11/12.  these people are not real companies. but they do have our personal information. dont pay them at all. the police told me these people are scamming so many people in my area. hang up the next time they call or curse them out like i did.

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Threatened that the police are going to arrest me at my home address or job, they stated they are a attorney office calling about a loan I got over 5 years that was paid back long time ago.

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I just got the same kind of call. I told the guy that I knew this was a scam and he told me ok and that he would see me at the jail.  He had all my information as well.  I called them back to get the name of the attorney.  The girl who answered gave me the name of Morton Grift.  When I asked her to repeat it or to spell it she hung up.  I called back and the original man who had called me answered and refused to give me the name.  They told me to go to the sheriff's office and call them from there.  Why can't someone stop these people?

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THIS WEIRDO CONTUNUES TO CALL ME! i work a full time job and get calls atleast 3 times today, very annoying. And thinking about call the police!

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They have called 3 times now today. First call was for some guy who is supposedly going to be arrested for some criminal case.  Next 2 calls came with in 10 minutes of that one and were for me saying the same thing.Who are these crazies? I am not under investigation for fraud. These people do not identify what attorney's office they are calling from or either what police are planning to arrest you. Both calls left a message and the guy said his name was attorney Scott Miller. Really? Why does he have an Indian accent? If this keeps up I will be calling the police for harrassment!

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This is the second number I got this type of call from.

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These people called my work today.They had me so upset and scared I almost sent the 780.31.Thankfully my coworkers were aware of the scam.These people threatened that the police were going to be at my house within the hour to arrest me for federal charges of fraud.They couldn't tell me who the loan was through or how much the original amount of the loan.One of the ladies in the office called the police and an officer came and talked to met.He assured me that I was not going to jail.While we were talking another call came through from the same people.The officer kindly took the phone call and Announced to the other party that he was with the local police department and if they called back he would file phone harassment .After I got home this even ing I was looking over my bank statement and there was a charge my cash guardian for 29.95 I google it and was brought here.I was angry.I hope these people are stopped soon!

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They're saying they depoist money in my account and I didn't pay it back. I have never borrowed any money from them or anyone else.

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some guy edward smith is persistent harrasing . this guy needs some jail time. he does not stop calling me. calling me since 1 year with different phones. same indian accent. this gotta stop

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They keep calling me. Was finally able to answer phone at work when he proceeded to tell me they had a case against me, but when I asked 'what case?' he got annoyed and said he talked to me about it yesterday.  I asked again what he was talking about and he said he had to read an affidavit to me then he would answer alllllll my questions. I asked again he wouldn't tell me. Told him I had no idea what he was talking about and hung up.  When I got off work, he had left a voicemail on my cell saying that if I did not call him back he couldn't help me and wished me good luck......of course could hardly understand him which just made It all the more frustrating -.-

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OMG!!!  That is awesome, this guy just called me again today.......threatening that he has my banking information and is going to take all my money!  On my work phone at that......(what the little prick doesn't know is that my employer has the phone call recorded and my superviosors husband works for the FBI.......and he is already on this!  As soon as the find him, he is going to jail!!!!!!   So he might want to hitchhike back to the Phillipean Island or whatever Asain country he came from!!!  Call me at work again you little B*****d!!!!!!

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They have been doing the same thing to me, hourly. So I took revenge today and started prank calling them back. Then they stopped answering my phone. So I had all my friends do it. They have mostly stopped answering them so I posted an ad on craigslist for a ridiculously cheap car with that number. Every few hours I call and inform them who I am and that it will not stop soon. The point is, make them think twice about calling a number. If more people would help make their lives unbearable, then we would hopefully see a decline in these calls.

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Some forign guy from this number just called me on my work number............I knew all about this scam and told him not to harrass me any longer, that he was not getting to me with his threats!!!  I told him I was not going to give him my credit card information or any information!  I hung up on hime and he proceded to call me back on my work number 20 times!!!!  He left me voice mails calling me stupid and all kinds of names!!!  Why can't something be done about these people!!!!  I mean really!!!!!!

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what did they told to u??how did they ask for payment . they are calling for me also.

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They did the same to me I send920.21

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Some man keeps calling my phone saying I took out a payday loan with my current bank account and the fool had the nerve to ask me to identify my social and told his a** that you called me if you're suing me you should have that info already I went to my bank callex these idiots on the phone then he wanted to ack like he could not speak english at theend of the conversation I told him to kiss my a** and send the police Because I know for a fact I've done nothing wrong I'm so glad o did not share my info with these fools.

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This phony company called me and I told the lady who answered with a hello who is this?  No company name or anything and she asked who called me, and I told her that I knew that this was a scam and I was calling the sherriff in my county and letting them know what they were trying to do.  This lady didn't even know what she was talking about.  When I mentioned sherriff she hung up on me.  LMAO that sure got her to think twice.

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WOW! These are some nasty people. I was going to pay, but the caller could not give me the case number she was talking about; everytime I asked her, she would start talking about me going to jail for the loan that I did not make! But your right I did a pay-day loan for my son he is 21 and i don't want him back home (smile)I paid that back in one week. That's what made me think twice about this company. I have the lady there so mad, i have called all day yesterday and when I left the police dept this morning i called her back she hang up.

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Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand MoneyBy BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) June 7, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place."This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years."I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men."I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing."I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme."If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam."Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false.Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script."Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children.""You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water."William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially"These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community."I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576.Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was." "It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared." Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money.If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said.Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively."There's no place in society for these people," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2

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these people at 1-714-515-5503 told me i had a warrant for not payin a pay-day loan online, but i have never did that. So i called the number back and they were so nasty to me, so i told them i was going to the police dept this morning. And so I did when i told the officer what happened he told i was luckly for not giving them my credit card number. But I was still upset because they have my S.S. number, address, birthday, and other personal information. He told me about others cases where people pay and then come to the police dept and there is nothing they can do about. Also these people are getting our personal information off our home computers, so im getting lock guard today. look out for this number!

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Wow I just reported the same people to the police this morning 7/11/12.  these people are not real companies. but they do have our personal information. dont pay them at all. the police told me these people are scamming so many people in my area. hang up the next time they call or curse them out like i did.

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Threatened that the police are going to arrest me at my home address or job, they stated they are a attorney office calling about a loan I got over 5 years that was paid back long time ago.

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They also use 708-898-0966, same scam

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got a call from Doug Thompson 2/23/13 708-898-0851 ext, 100. Stated I had won a Dodge SUV. Probably a scam..

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Fishy call saying I won Chevy SUV...that I didn't enter to win.Asked to call 708-898-0851 ext 100 for Doug Thompson of Gift Center USA.The call actually came from 708-898-0907 according to caller ID. He left message I didn't answer.

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Variation of all the above.Received a recorded message regarding my entry to win a Durango, Said my name was pulled as one of the finalists.That I needed to call back 708-898-0912 Ext 200 and ask for Chris Klu.I never enter any prize draws! and I always google the # . As usual, total scam.Caller ID: Gift Center USA

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Saving voice mail if for no other reason than a good laugh once in a while.  Chris Klu."It's Raining Men"

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I got that message from mr klu but the number he left for me to call was 7088560709 ext100.

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Yep - I won a Ford Explorer also in a contest I didn't enter.  Mr. Chris Klu called me this morning at 7AM!  I thought someone had died.

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I also got a call from Chris Klu asked me to call today about being a finalist for a bran new ford explorer.. I called once it rang a bunch of times I called again left phone number and name and asked for him to call me back.....It sounds too good to be true so no more information will be given till I have some proof like have the local ford dealer call me... I also tried the number he called me on 708-966-2377 its busy

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Got the same message from Chris Klu, saying I need to call back today since she has good news about my contest entry for a new Explorer. I knew it was a scam since I hadn't entered a contest.

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I won a new Ford in a contest I never entered

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same message, I guess we are all finalists to win a jeep. Dont you think they should have known my name though? Like congratulations mr jones. I think it was a recording not a real person.

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Same thing...same number, same name, same Ford Explorer...and at 8:25 p.m. at night.  Funny thing, as my regular phone was ringing, so was our second line (fax)...wanna bet it was the same garbage?

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Sorry you don't like my voice. I was excited because your voicemail is really hot. :)Frankie

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Got a call today from this number.  I didn't answer but they left a voicemail, saying I was a "finalist" to win a Jeep (?) Durango SUV.  The guy's name was Frank Allen.  He had a very annoying voice and was a little too excited when giving me this "good news."  Ha.  I won't be calling back.  I don't want a Durango anyway.

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Just got the same message from Mr./Ms. Klu. We didn't enter a contest to win a Ford Explorer.Please notify the FTC to begin the investigation of the fraud.

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same message only form a guy not a girl... said i entered a contest(lie) and to call 708/ 833-7634 ext 200. SCAM SCAM SCAM

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"you are semifinalist to win Ford Explorer. ...We will call winner within 48 hours."

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I also recieved the same call but at a different number (708-966-4557) from Chris Klu at "Prize Disbersment".  The call is originating somewhere in Illinios, possibly Oakland Park.  I returned the call asking what this was all about and didn 't get a return call.  I then called again and said that if this was a scam, not to call me back and I haven't heard another word.  I was told I was the lucky winner of a Dodge Durango.  I'm  going to contact the FTC about this.

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same message experience.  Don't give personal info... probably a scam

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I received a message on my answering machine that I should call Chris Klu and she had good news for me about winning a Ford Explorer.  I called the number 708-833-7634 ext. 200 from a different phone than my home and a recording came on stating leaving my name and phone number because I had won a Dodge SUV.

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I just got the same kind of call. I told the guy that I knew this was a scam and he told me ok and that he would see me at the jail.  He had all my information as well.  I called them back to get the name of the attorney.  The girl who answered gave me the name of Morton Grift.  When I asked her to repeat it or to spell it she hung up.  I called back and the original man who had called me answered and refused to give me the name.  They told me to go to the sheriff's office and call them from there.  Why can't someone stop these people?

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THIS WEIRDO CONTUNUES TO CALL ME! i work a full time job and get calls atleast 3 times today, very annoying. And thinking about call the police!

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They have called 3 times now today. First call was for some guy who is supposedly going to be arrested for some criminal case.  Next 2 calls came with in 10 minutes of that one and were for me saying the same thing.Who are these crazies? I am not under investigation for fraud. These people do not identify what attorney's office they are calling from or either what police are planning to arrest you. Both calls left a message and the guy said his name was attorney Scott Miller. Really? Why does he have an Indian accent? If this keeps up I will be calling the police for harrassment!

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This is the second number I got this type of call from.

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These people called my work today.They had me so upset and scared I almost sent the 780.31.Thankfully my coworkers were aware of the scam.These people threatened that the police were going to be at my house within the hour to arrest me for federal charges of fraud.They couldn't tell me who the loan was through or how much the original amount of the loan.One of the ladies in the office called the police and an officer came and talked to met.He assured me that I was not going to jail.While we were talking another call came through from the same people.The officer kindly took the phone call and Announced to the other party that he was with the local police department and if they called back he would file phone harassment .After I got home this even ing I was looking over my bank statement and there was a charge my cash guardian for 29.95 I google it and was brought here.I was angry.I hope these people are stopped soon!

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They're saying they depoist money in my account and I didn't pay it back. I have never borrowed any money from them or anyone else.

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some guy edward smith is persistent harrasing . this guy needs some jail time. he does not stop calling me. calling me since 1 year with different phones. same indian accent. this gotta stop

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They keep calling me. Was finally able to answer phone at work when he proceeded to tell me they had a case against me, but when I asked 'what case?' he got annoyed and said he talked to me about it yesterday.  I asked again what he was talking about and he said he had to read an affidavit to me then he would answer alllllll my questions. I asked again he wouldn't tell me. Told him I had no idea what he was talking about and hung up.  When I got off work, he had left a voicemail on my cell saying that if I did not call him back he couldn't help me and wished me good luck......of course could hardly understand him which just made It all the more frustrating -.-

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OMG!!!  That is awesome, this guy just called me again today.......threatening that he has my banking information and is going to take all my money!  On my work phone at that......(what the little prick doesn't know is that my employer has the phone call recorded and my superviosors husband works for the FBI.......and he is already on this!  As soon as the find him, he is going to jail!!!!!!   So he might want to hitchhike back to the Phillipean Island or whatever Asain country he came from!!!  Call me at work again you little B*****d!!!!!!

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They have been doing the same thing to me, hourly. So I took revenge today and started prank calling them back. Then they stopped answering my phone. So I had all my friends do it. They have mostly stopped answering them so I posted an ad on craigslist for a ridiculously cheap car with that number. Every few hours I call and inform them who I am and that it will not stop soon. The point is, make them think twice about calling a number. If more people would help make their lives unbearable, then we would hopefully see a decline in these calls.

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Some forign guy from this number just called me on my work number............I knew all about this scam and told him not to harrass me any longer, that he was not getting to me with his threats!!!  I told him I was not going to give him my credit card information or any information!  I hung up on hime and he proceded to call me back on my work number 20 times!!!!  He left me voice mails calling me stupid and all kinds of names!!!  Why can't something be done about these people!!!!  I mean really!!!!!!

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what did they told to u??how did they ask for payment . they are calling for me also.

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They did the same to me I send920.21

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Some man keeps calling my phone saying I took out a payday loan with my current bank account and the fool had the nerve to ask me to identify my social and told his a** that you called me if you're suing me you should have that info already I went to my bank callex these idiots on the phone then he wanted to ack like he could not speak english at theend of the conversation I told him to kiss my a** and send the police Because I know for a fact I've done nothing wrong I'm so glad o did not share my info with these fools.

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This phony company called me and I told the lady who answered with a hello who is this?  No company name or anything and she asked who called me, and I told her that I knew that this was a scam and I was calling the sherriff in my county and letting them know what they were trying to do.  This lady didn't even know what she was talking about.  When I mentioned sherriff she hung up on me.  LMAO that sure got her to think twice.

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WOW! These are some nasty people. I was going to pay, but the caller could not give me the case number she was talking about; everytime I asked her, she would start talking about me going to jail for the loan that I did not make! But your right I did a pay-day loan for my son he is 21 and i don't want him back home (smile)I paid that back in one week. That's what made me think twice about this company. I have the lady there so mad, i have called all day yesterday and when I left the police dept this morning i called her back she hang up.

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Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand MoneyBy BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) June 7, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place."This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years."I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men."I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing."I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme."If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam."Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false.Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script."Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children.""You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water."William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially"These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community."I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576.Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was." "It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared." Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money.If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said.Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively."There's no place in society for these people," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2

714-515-5503

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these people at 1-714-515-5503 told me i had a warrant for not payin a pay-day loan online, but i have never did that. So i called the number back and they were so nasty to me, so i told them i was going to the police dept this morning. And so I did when i told the officer what happened he told i was luckly for not giving them my credit card number. But I was still upset because they have my S.S. number, address, birthday, and other personal information. He told me about others cases where people pay and then come to the police dept and there is nothing they can do about. Also these people are getting our personal information off our home computers, so im getting lock guard today. look out for this number!

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
Wow I just reported the same people to the police this morning 7/11/12.  these people are not real companies. but they do have our personal information. dont pay them at all. the police told me these people are scamming so many people in my area. hang up the next time they call or curse them out like i did.

714-515-5503

100 Report Long ago Unknown
Threatened that the police are going to arrest me at my home address or job, they stated they are a attorney office calling about a loan I got over 5 years that was paid back long time ago.

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