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(203) 262-1564

located: United States, Bethel - CT

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203-262-1564 is a contact number on a Cell Number. This device is registered in Bethel, Connecticut, CT.

Telephone number styles: 262-1564 (Local dialling)   (203) 262-1564 (Domestic dialling)   +1-203-262-1564 (International dialling) 

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Report by Jan Long ago Unknown
This call came in Sep. 7, 1 pm and the woman said she was from Health Advantages,and wanted to know if I knew what plankton is.. I had a senior moment and was very occupied with 3 cats .. two having an altercation, so said in a frustrated manner,that is was a seafood..she said it is not a seafood, and did I see it on Dr. Oz?At that time, I said 'Why are you calling me about PLANKTON?'   (still my frustrated voice)She hung up.
Report by Bill Long ago Unknown
Same with me.  He said is this Billy?  I don't ever tell anyone to call me that but some do.  I was in a bad cell area so he broke up, and I believe he said he would call back.
Report by Cherri Long ago Unknown
Received a call from 203-262-1564. Did not know the number. They left a message saying my name, then my nickname in a questioning voice, then hung up.  I called the number back and it said the number had been changed.  Freaks me out that they knew my name and nickname! Plus, I have an unlisted number...
Report by Gary Long ago Unknown
Received a call from 203 262-1564 on my cell.it was fowarded from my skype number. Same as others reported- not assigned or try again
Report by nikki Long ago Unknown
this number has come across my phone.  i have the call block thing.  no unwanted numbers should be coming across my phone.
Report by Edwina Howard Long ago Unknown
Did not answer becasue the number was not familiar,  Called it back and received the same message of no longer in service that everyone else received.
Report by Eduardo Carrera Long ago Unknown
This guy call me several times, until a answer the phone and He say, You are Eduardo, I say How may I help you, then the lane is dead, I calling back and say my call can't be complete at this this, try later.
Report by Margaret Long ago Unknown
I got a call from 203-262-1564, a male asked for me by name and said he was with American Health Systems, tried to sell me phyto plankton, told me about all these miraculous benefits. Brought a man out of a coma who only had 9 months to live, cured him of cancer of the lungs and diabetes. Told me it helped with weight loss, acid reflux, improved skin, hair, nails, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Told me a health care provider or naturopath would charge me 150 to 200 dollars a bottle, but they were going to send me 3 bottles for only 50 each if I would write a summary on how it rejuvinated me. Then wanted to verify my address and get my info. I told him before he did that, I wanted a web site or other written into on the business so I could check out their credibility, he hung up-.
Report by Elvia Long ago Unknown
Received a phone call from 203-262-1564 and the individual asked for me by name and then told me he was calling from a health food club.  When I told him it was me and asked him how he got my phone number, he hung up.
Report by Andy67 Long ago Unknown
Got call from 203-262-1564... didn't answer as not a familiar #. checked area code - Connecticut. Tried calling back - same result as reported, ""Your call can not be completed as dialed.  Please check the number and dial again."  I judged it as a bogus deal and wrote number down for future reference.
Report by AkFuzzy Long ago Unknown
got a call My APP "Mr Number" blocked it so I looked it up and found this site
Report by marie Long ago Unknown
I RECEIVED CAL FROM 203-262-1564, WHEN I WENT TO ANSWER OPERATOR ADVISED THAT THIS WAS A NON-WORKING NUMBER.
Report by Charles Long ago Unknown
I think we should be able to shoot the b*****ds!
Report by Charles Long ago Unknown
Called me today, hung up when I answered. Number not in service when I called back.
Report by Barb Long ago Unknown
I answered the phone and at first...nothing.  Then a woman started laughing like someone had done something funny (not hysterical, just funny).  I waited, didn't say anything else and the line went dead.  Tried to call the number back and got a recording "Your call can not be completed as dialed.  Please check the number and dial again. 01 fifteen."
Report by Woken up in the middle of the night Long ago Unknown
Called 4:00 AM ........ Said my master card  was locked. It is a scam!
Report by bob Long ago Unknown
Just had the same thing happen
Report by Renee Long ago Unknown
Same exact thing, just now...
Report by Kieth Long ago Unknown
I got a call from 2032621564 and it was recording stating my debit card had been locked. It then ask me to enter my card number so I hung up and called my bank. As suspected it wasn't my bank so I called the number again and the number had been shut off. It's a scam to get your card and PIN number so they take you money.
Report by Andy Long ago Unknown
Got this call from unfamiliar #. I never answer in these cases but checked area code - was from Connecticut - are we to be deluged by political hype and garbage???
Report by Jan Long ago Unknown
This call came in Sep. 7, 1 pm and the woman said she was from Health Advantages,and wanted to know if I knew what plankton is.. I had a senior moment and was very occupied with 3 cats .. two having an altercation, so said in a frustrated manner,that is was a seafood..she said it is not a seafood, and did I see it on Dr. Oz?At that time, I said 'Why are you calling me about PLANKTON?'   (still my frustrated voice)She hung up.
Report by Bill Long ago Unknown
Same with me.  He said is this Billy?  I don't ever tell anyone to call me that but some do.  I was in a bad cell area so he broke up, and I believe he said he would call back.
Report by Cherri Long ago Unknown
Received a call from 203-262-1564. Did not know the number. They left a message saying my name, then my nickname in a questioning voice, then hung up.  I called the number back and it said the number had been changed.  Freaks me out that they knew my name and nickname! Plus, I have an unlisted number...
Report by Gary Long ago Unknown
Received a call from 203 262-1564 on my cell.it was fowarded from my skype number. Same as others reported- not assigned or try again
Report by nikki Long ago Unknown
this number has come across my phone.  i have the call block thing.  no unwanted numbers should be coming across my phone.
Report by Edwina Howard Long ago Unknown
Did not answer becasue the number was not familiar,  Called it back and received the same message of no longer in service that everyone else received.
Report by Eduardo Carrera Long ago Unknown
This guy call me several times, until a answer the phone and He say, You are Eduardo, I say How may I help you, then the lane is dead, I calling back and say my call can't be complete at this this, try later.
Report by Margaret Long ago Unknown
I got a call from 203-262-1564, a male asked for me by name and said he was with American Health Systems, tried to sell me phyto plankton, told me about all these miraculous benefits. Brought a man out of a coma who only had 9 months to live, cured him of cancer of the lungs and diabetes. Told me it helped with weight loss, acid reflux, improved skin, hair, nails, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Told me a health care provider or naturopath would charge me 150 to 200 dollars a bottle, but they were going to send me 3 bottles for only 50 each if I would write a summary on how it rejuvinated me. Then wanted to verify my address and get my info. I told him before he did that, I wanted a web site or other written into on the business so I could check out their credibility, he hung up-.
Report by Elvia Long ago Unknown
Received a phone call from 203-262-1564 and the individual asked for me by name and then told me he was calling from a health food club.  When I told him it was me and asked him how he got my phone number, he hung up.
Report by Andy67 Long ago Unknown
Got call from 203-262-1564... didn't answer as not a familiar #. checked area code - Connecticut. Tried calling back - same result as reported, ""Your call can not be completed as dialed.  Please check the number and dial again."  I judged it as a bogus deal and wrote number down for future reference.
Report by AkFuzzy Long ago Unknown
got a call My APP "Mr Number" blocked it so I looked it up and found this site
Report by marie Long ago Unknown
I RECEIVED CAL FROM 203-262-1564, WHEN I WENT TO ANSWER OPERATOR ADVISED THAT THIS WAS A NON-WORKING NUMBER.
Report by Charles Long ago Unknown
I think we should be able to shoot the b*****ds!
Report by Charles Long ago Unknown
Called me today, hung up when I answered. Number not in service when I called back.
Report by Barb Long ago Unknown
I answered the phone and at first...nothing.  Then a woman started laughing like someone had done something funny (not hysterical, just funny).  I waited, didn't say anything else and the line went dead.  Tried to call the number back and got a recording "Your call can not be completed as dialed.  Please check the number and dial again. 01 fifteen."
Report by Woken up in the middle of the night Long ago Unknown
Called 4:00 AM ........ Said my master card  was locked. It is a scam!
Report by bob Long ago Unknown
Just had the same thing happen
Report by Renee Long ago Unknown
Same exact thing, just now...
Report by Kieth Long ago Unknown
I got a call from 2032621564 and it was recording stating my debit card had been locked. It then ask me to enter my card number so I hung up and called my bank. As suspected it wasn't my bank so I called the number again and the number had been shut off. It's a scam to get your card and PIN number so they take you money.
Report by Andy Long ago Unknown
Got this call from unfamiliar #. I never answer in these cases but checked area code - was from Connecticut - are we to be deluged by political hype and garbage???
Report by Jan Long ago Unknown
This call came in Sep. 7, 1 pm and the woman said she was from Health Advantages,and wanted to know if I knew what plankton is.. I had a senior moment and was very occupied with 3 cats .. two having an altercation, so said in a frustrated manner,that is was a seafood..she said it is not a seafood, and did I see it on Dr. Oz?At that time, I said 'Why are you calling me about PLANKTON?'   (still my frustrated voice)She hung up.
Report by Bill Long ago Unknown
Same with me.  He said is this Billy?  I don't ever tell anyone to call me that but some do.  I was in a bad cell area so he broke up, and I believe he said he would call back.
Report by Cherri Long ago Unknown
Received a call from 203-262-1564. Did not know the number. They left a message saying my name, then my nickname in a questioning voice, then hung up.  I called the number back and it said the number had been changed.  Freaks me out that they knew my name and nickname! Plus, I have an unlisted number...
Report by Gary Long ago Unknown
Received a call from 203 262-1564 on my cell.it was fowarded from my skype number. Same as others reported- not assigned or try again
Report by nikki Long ago Unknown
this number has come across my phone.  i have the call block thing.  no unwanted numbers should be coming across my phone.
Report by Edwina Howard Long ago Unknown
Did not answer becasue the number was not familiar,  Called it back and received the same message of no longer in service that everyone else received.
Report by Eduardo Carrera Long ago Unknown
This guy call me several times, until a answer the phone and He say, You are Eduardo, I say How may I help you, then the lane is dead, I calling back and say my call can't be complete at this this, try later.
Report by Margaret Long ago Unknown
I got a call from 203-262-1564, a male asked for me by name and said he was with American Health Systems, tried to sell me phyto plankton, told me about all these miraculous benefits. Brought a man out of a coma who only had 9 months to live, cured him of cancer of the lungs and diabetes. Told me it helped with weight loss, acid reflux, improved skin, hair, nails, helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Told me a health care provider or naturopath would charge me 150 to 200 dollars a bottle, but they were going to send me 3 bottles for only 50 each if I would write a summary on how it rejuvinated me. Then wanted to verify my address and get my info. I told him before he did that, I wanted a web site or other written into on the business so I could check out their credibility, he hung up-.
Report by Elvia Long ago Unknown
Received a phone call from 203-262-1564 and the individual asked for me by name and then told me he was calling from a health food club.  When I told him it was me and asked him how he got my phone number, he hung up.
Report by Andy67 Long ago Unknown
Got call from 203-262-1564... didn't answer as not a familiar #. checked area code - Connecticut. Tried calling back - same result as reported, ""Your call can not be completed as dialed.  Please check the number and dial again."  I judged it as a bogus deal and wrote number down for future reference.
Report by AkFuzzy Long ago Unknown
got a call My APP "Mr Number" blocked it so I looked it up and found this site
Report by marie Long ago Unknown
I RECEIVED CAL FROM 203-262-1564, WHEN I WENT TO ANSWER OPERATOR ADVISED THAT THIS WAS A NON-WORKING NUMBER.
Report by Charles Long ago Unknown
I think we should be able to shoot the b*****ds!
Report by Charles Long ago Unknown
Called me today, hung up when I answered. Number not in service when I called back.
Report by Barb Long ago Unknown
I answered the phone and at first...nothing.  Then a woman started laughing like someone had done something funny (not hysterical, just funny).  I waited, didn't say anything else and the line went dead.  Tried to call the number back and got a recording "Your call can not be completed as dialed.  Please check the number and dial again. 01 fifteen."
Report by Woken up in the middle of the night Long ago Unknown
Called 4:00 AM ........ Said my master card  was locked. It is a scam!
Report by bob Long ago Unknown
Just had the same thing happen
Report by Renee Long ago Unknown
Same exact thing, just now...
Report by Kieth Long ago Unknown
I got a call from 2032621564 and it was recording stating my debit card had been locked. It then ask me to enter my card number so I hung up and called my bank. As suspected it wasn't my bank so I called the number again and the number had been shut off. It's a scam to get your card and PIN number so they take you money.
Report by Andy Long ago Unknown
Got this call from unfamiliar #. I never answer in these cases but checked area code - was from Connecticut - are we to be deluged by political hype and garbage???

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714-515-5503

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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

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

714-515-5503

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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

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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.

609-751-1135

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Trying to find out who owns this phone number.

602-384-2194

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I believe this is Coast to Coast Auto Glass. I had my auto windshield replaced (after 6 no shows) and now they are bugging me to do a "survey". Not a good company to do business with and they drive you crazy afterwards.....

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We have received at least 15 phone calls from this number over the past week; they hang up when we answer and there is never a message. We tried numerous times to call it back; most of the time it never even rang. Finally, we got a recorded message identifying them as "Coast to Coast". We have no clue what that is, but these calls are coming through on our cell phone, not the land line. A look up of the number shows it is a land line out of Arizona.

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calls both numbers no message left

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no message left

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Called left no message

206-338-3316

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And another note why in the heck would you buy your wife a used phone for a gift for like $250.00, when you can get her a new phone and send it off yourself!!!!! The worst scam ever!!!

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Yeah i was selling a htc droid eris and i got an email from some person saying their name is jessica raymond and they were saying that they wanted to buy my phone for an extra additional 100 than what i was trying to sell it for. He said his wife was overseas andhe wanted to buy her a gift???? okay first of all it says his name was jessica??? Now all of a sudden he's a guy?? Anyways he wanted me to ship the phone overseas and all he needed was myemail address to pay for the phone through paypal. So i called paypal to see if this was true they said NO, I need his email address to get paid. Something wasn't sitting right so I looked up scams for craigslist online and notice everyone was getting the same email scams from this low life LOSER. Ugh, I wish there was a way I could reverse the scam on him!!!!

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Sellers BEWARE:i just put my drumset up on craigslist yesterday with all the drum specs/sizes/cymbals/prices/etc. i just woke up today and checked my email, and get this from Larrymichael@ymail.com :From:      micheal larry (larrymicheal@ymail.com) To:      larrymicheal@ymail.comCc:     larrymicheal@ymail.com"Hello,I am micheal by name ,I came ac cross your contact detailsthrough web directory concerning your musical instruments online you have for sale and i am highlyinterested in purchasing it.I will like to know all the details about the thingbefore proceeding with the payment.....1. How long have you owned it?2. Why are you selling it?3. Asking Price?4. Any available photo?So, yourswift response to these required information would be highlyentertained before proceeding to the next stage Kindly email back, if its stillfor sale. Hope to hear from yousoon .do not forget to tell me the final price of it...................Regards...micheal"EBAY/CRAIGSLIST SELLERS BEWARE: THIS GUY IS A SCAMMER! "details about the THING"????? "through web directory"???????? clearly a common thief. DO NOT REPLY BACK TO HIM!! Report him ASAP if you ever do get an email from him so we can take this fool down.

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i was trying to sell a paintball gun and it sounds like this guy is trying to scam me. his email adress is Larrymichael@ymail.com. ive read teh above posts and it sounds like its the same guy with a slightly changed name. he says he has a shipping company and is willing to pay full price. he wants all my information like adress and phone number. i told him that i wanted to handle the money through Pay pal and that i would ship it to him. no response since. this dude is a scam freak and sadly its my only response to my paintball gun, and it turns out to be a scammer! how lame.

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I told him I would rather he wire me the money via western union.

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I got the same thing from this guy, I am selling a car on craigs list and auto trader.  Thanks for the heads up.  This is his requestPlease as soon as you got the check and get it cashed, You were to deduct the whole amount of this transaction and send the restbalance to my shipper company.You don't have to worry about the shipment since they will handle everything as soon as the wire has been made to them via Western Union Money Transfer.Please kindly respond back and confirmed with this follows information.Full Name:Address:City, State, Zip code:Cell Phone #:Home Phone #:So that payment can be made out to you first thing tomorrow morning.Regards...Larry Micheal9620 16th Ave SWSEATTLE, WA, 98188206-338-3316

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I PUT AN AD ON CRAIGS LIST TO SELL AN XBOX. THIS GUY MARKLARRY SENDS ME AN EMAIL.  WANTS TO GIVE ME $100.00 MORE THAN WHAT I'M ASKING. HE SAYS TO MAKE SURE NO ONE ELSE BUYS IT. ANYWAY HE WANTS TO SEND ME A CHECK FOR $2,050.00. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS SEND HIM MY NAME, ADDRESS, AND PHONE NUMBER SO HE CAN GET IT IN THE MAIL AND THEN AFTER I CASH THE CHECK TAKE OUT $350.00 AND SEND HIS SHIPPER THE REMAINING BALANCE.

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I put an ad on Craig's list to sell an ebox and this guy wants my address and stuff too. going by MarkLarry, but same phone # and he wants me to cash a check and send balance via western union to his shipper. Geeze what is this world coming to? You can't even sell anything these days and someone's trying to steal your life. Their Karma will get them some day.

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s*** i gave him my address. what is that fbi thing?

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Exact email information as above . Checked the address and it went to a Holiday Inn 17338 PACIFIC HWY SOUTH,     His email larry_hayes001@mac.comSEATTLE, WA, 98188206-338-3316 This is a scam without a dought and everyone here needs to alert there web provider and the FBI on this. They want your address so they can steal your car and they even ask for a good time to contact you. There is an FBI web site that you can send the email info to and they can track them down. Most of the time it is oversees thieves. A buddy lost a 67 Shelby this way and customs found the car going over sees when they did inspections.

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Im proud to say that i read these posts before the scammer could scam me, i simply declined his email.

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did you ever get the $$ and it was all ok? let me know asap please

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Don't do it. My girlfriend almost lost her job.This guy sent her a walmart money order for 5 thousand dollars and since she works at walmart she tried to cash it there. Guess what? It had already been cashed. She almost got fired for being involved in fraud.

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WHAT HAPPENED WITH THIS GUY?

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hi im getting a email from this same guy  doing the same thing   i dont understand how its a scam   he offered just like he offered you  i will not mail anything out till check is cashed with cash checking place no bank  cash in hand   but how is it a scam by him getting my adress   and if i recive his check cashable  please let me know i have 3 other fishy emails  just like his

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Be really careful about that guy! That is really a scammer, he changes names all the time.

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Rec'd an e-mail from a person using the name Roy Will in the e-mail address and says his name is Nesta.  I am selling a truck.  Offered me more than what I'm asking and added $3,000.00 to give to his shipper.  Says he will send the certified cheque for the total amount.  Then use Western Union to deposit the 3000 in an account for shipper.  After further e-mails gave me this contact number and Seattle, WA 98188 address.

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no more calls . Iamputting this number on do not call list.

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DO not call ne anymore.A8N8

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i do not want any more calls from rhis number

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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.

714-515-5503

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They did the same to me I send920.21

714-515-5503

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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.

714-515-5503

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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.

714-515-5503

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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.

714-515-5503

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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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Some creepo wanting to baptize me with snake oil. Gross.

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I get repeated calls from these people about a solar system.  This time I scheduled an appointment.  A woman showed up lugging her materials.  I asked her for her card and after getting it, told her I was filing a complaint with police because of their illegal telemarketing activities and then shut the door in her face.  Her name is Krassi Griffin, Project Manager for California Best Solar.  The address is 5670 Wilshire, Ste 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90036.  There phone number is 877.572.7718.  Her mobile is 310.893.9791.I've filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau... On to the FTC.

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I called this number back and its a marketing company. They ask if I owned a home and I said no, that got me off the hook. They are selling some type of government solar panel and want to rebate money back to you. Be CAREFUL!!!!!!

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getting these calls up to 2-3x/day. Caller ID: OUT OF AREA".

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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!

714-515-5503

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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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