(518) 689-0195

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518-689-0195 is a contact number on a Cell Number. This tool is registered in Albany, New York, NY.

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Report by ahh Long ago Unknown
They called today, insisting on talking to the owner of the company, asked to take a message, and they said they would only talk to the owner of the company.  I told them NOT to call this number again as we are on the Do Not Call List.  We'll see if this works!
Report by briceman Long ago Unknown
These D**KHEADS keep calling even though I don't answer. You would think they would get the message...I don't freakin care what you have to say or what you are selling.
Report by Meni Long ago Unknown
They call atleast once a day, I set them on my contact list and assigned them a silent ringer. I decided to pick up today when I saw the call on my display, they said NOTHING.
Report by CRT Long ago Unknown
Stop calling
Report by Fred Long ago Unknown
They call about a financial matter. They will not tell me what the financial matter is but what they want is a lot of personal information from me. This has been going on for about 1 month and they call 1-2 times a day.
Report by Annoyed Long ago Unknown
Keeps calling everyday asking to speak to the business owner about financial matters. When told the owner is busy and to leave a phone number and name of business, they always just want to call back. Finally when insisted on providing a business name the telemarketer said "MMC" ...whatever that is.
Report by tazz Long ago Unknown
I want this number to stop calling me they call me 2 to 3 times a day.
Report by Lois Long ago Unknown
They call sounding like debt collectors. They will not say what it is about only that it is about a finacial matter. Nasty!
Report by Puff N Stuff Long ago Unknown
They have called everyday for 3 weeks stating that it is regarding a financial matter.  I asked to speak with their supervisor and they will not let me.  I asked for the company name and they would not give it to me.How do I get them to stop calling?
Report by toy worm Long ago Unknown
these calls are driving me crazy and i have a limited number of minutes on my phone-so they are also costing me money-please stop
Report by Salon Lux Long ago Unknown
Please stop calling unless you are going to leave a message for someone to call you back, you call everyday. You will not tell us why you are calling and we would like you to stop.
Report by annoyed Long ago Unknown
keep calling ...they are relentless
Report by Fed Up Long ago Unknown
This freaking number has been a missed call EVERY day for at least 2 weeks, and now twice today.  Never a message left, although today the guy was like "Hello....Hello...." to my answering machine.  Same thing, tried calling back, and get the all agents are busy message.  Such BS.  I'm on the Do Not Call list too.
Report by McClock Long ago Unknown
Stop these calls/
Report by ctrader Long ago Unknown
Just got a call...get these types everyday...wish these A$$HOLES would stop calling me!!!
Report by The Unknown Long ago Unknown
Was it regarding cash advance???
Report by J Long ago Unknown
Called and said it was a financial matter.  I hung up on them.  Don't give any information out to anyone over the phone.
Report by Renegade Long ago Unknown
I received a call from the number, with a foreign guy asking for my by name.  Then, he says that he is calling on behalf of Capital Investments, ( a company that I do not find a listing on, on the internet )  He starts his spiel, and I tell him that I am not interested, and he continues.  I tell him again that I am not intersted, and then he disconnects.
Report by Razur Long ago Unknown
I received a call from the same number and they left no message. When trying to call them back I got a recording that all representatives are currently busy.
Report by CeeDubb Long ago Unknown
Received a call from this number, no message left.I called them back and got a recording, All our representatives are busy, we'll call you back later.

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714-515-5503

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

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

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

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

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

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

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

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

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

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

714-515-5503

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

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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.

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

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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.

517-233-4742

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I answered and the caller disconnected.

253-459-2422

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Hey

402-223-2175

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I have received 10 phone calls from 1-402-223-2175.  I am registered on the do not call list so I don't know why they are calling me.  I did call them back and left a message telling them to stop calling me or I will have to report them.  Lets see what happens.

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I have received 10 phone calls from 1-402-223-2175.  I am registered on the do not call list so I don't know why they are calling me.  I did call them back and left a message telling them to stop calling me or I will have to report them.  Lets see what happens.

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Further research and calls revealed that ProTell and National Union actually work for AIG Insurance. You can reach them at 800-572-5848.

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This number, along with 402-223-2172, belongs to a company called ORC Protell (orcprotell.com). In my particular case, they claim to be calling on behalf of Wells Fargo Bank. When pressed, they claim to be working for National Union Fire Insurance Company of America. They called repeatedly 2 months ago and have started again, even after I asked to be removed. So there you go. You have the names of the 3 companies associated with these calls. Let your friends know. Personally, I'm going to take my WF business elsewhere. It may be a drop in their bucket, but they will still lose money over this.

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Getting 6,7,8 calls a day and all hang ups from 402-223-2175.  They are a company that calls on behalf of Wells Fargo and GMAC if you have a mortgage with them. Their management Company number is 402-228-8322, and you get a live person.  Everyone should call them 5, 6, 7 times a day.

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I called back the pieces of s*** and it does say Wells Fargo, so I called the retards back and it gave a message mentioning "If you want to be added to the National DO NOT CALL LIST (which I have been on from the start) leave a message with your number and you will be removed" I just left the rudest message I have ever left over the phone, and I don't even talk to people like that, but I'm going on a few months of these calls, even waking me up in the morning, and I let them or the message anyway HAVE IT, and ended my call with "And I don't give a f*** if I have a mortgage with you"

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received a call from them today as well.  unsure of who it was.

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I also received a call from 402-223-2175 multiple times, I finally answered to figure out what the hell it was about, something about supplemental life insurance. So I called my bank and told them to take me off all promotional offers, and it will take 60 days until that takes effect. We'll see how it goes...

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Has been calling for 2 or 3 weeks - several times a day.  Never leaves a message.  Like others I do not answer.

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Got a call again from 402-223-2175.  Googled number...who the f*ck is Waldo Penner in Nebraska?  And why do they keep calling!  Very annoying!  And just what is "Custom Response?"

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Been getting these calls as well.  Just decided to try a couple of strategies.  1. Take the call.  Immediately say "can you hold on a second"  then put the phone down and let them hang on as long as they like.2. Pick up the call and repeatedly press the # key.  Apparently, if this is an automated call, it will signal their system to delete.  Not sure if actually works or not.

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Calls multiple times daily into the evening, no message ever.  I do not answer the call

402-223-2175

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Recieved call with no message left

402-223-2175

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Don't know the caller/number, won't answer.

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We've been geeting calls from 402-223-2175 and doesn't leave a message.  On the call ID it says Custom Response.  I called the number back and asked why he was calling our number and he hung up.

402-223-2175

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I've looked this number up before on similar forums to this one - I've read they are affiliated with Wells Fargo and usually offer some sort of auto warranty.  Well, they call me about once a day but today they called at least four times and it's only 12:00pm now!  So, I answered - they claimed to be affiliated with my mortgage holder (mentioning the company by name) and offered me extended life insurance.  Had to tell them "no" three times to get them to relent from sending me "the package."

402-223-2175

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calls at least 6 times per day; doesn't answer; doesn't leave message

402-223-2175

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Calls daily.  No message left.  If I don't recognize the caller I don't answer.

402-223-2175

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No message left.

402-223-2175

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no message was left, but calls roughly 10 times a day for the last week.

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.

714-515-5503

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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.

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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.

714-515-5503

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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.

310-866-1865

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debt text messagerequired to text back to stop calls    ORrequired to email optout4@yahoo.com

310-866-1865

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Same message, I did not text back.

310-866-1865

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TEXT ABOUT DEBT ELIMINATION....ASKING ME TO SEND AN EMAIL WITH MY PHONE NUMBER TO OPT OUT.

310-866-1865

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Txt message about debt elimination. Wanted me to txt back YES or NO.

310-866-1865

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sent me a text about debt elimination

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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!

714-515-5503

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

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100 Report Long ago Unknown
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

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

714-515-5503

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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!!!!!!

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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

714-515-5503

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.

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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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.

714-515-5503

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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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