(954) 420-0352

located: United States, Boca Raton - FL

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954-420-0352 is a contact number on a Cell Number. This tool is registered in Boca Raton, Florida, FL.

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Report by Larry Foiles Long ago Unknown
Receive constant calling.  Do not want to be called.
Report by Gretchen Heisel Long ago Unknown
Asked for my husband..I said he wasn't it, who was calling, and she hung up!  I do not want another call from someone who won't state who they are and what they want.  It listed the caller as LTCG and the phone # and when I called back it just rang and rang and no one would answer...
Report by Ticked Off Long ago Unknown
These jerks call me every day and hang up.
Report by Jay Long ago Unknown
Caller Id came up as LTCG. Did not leave a message.
Report by robert Long ago Unknown
unwanted call

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518-772-0618

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This is a criminal extortion scam operating out of India. They are making the calls utilizing VOIP and the names of legitimate firms to make it appear the calls are originating from within the US. There is NO "company" or "debt" and you will NOT be arrested. They are harvesting and/or buying consumers' personal identifying information from unscrupulous websites like the one you may have filled out an application with, and you need to do whatever you can to protect yourself. This includes: Notifying the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/, placing fraud alerts with all three credit bureaus, notifying your bank and employer and letting these criminals know you are aware they are attempting to extort money for a non-existent debt and have alerted the authorities.ABC News released an investigative report on this scam in June. The FTC has indicted one of its ringleaders for criminal fraud:http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=1http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2012/08/bgm.shtm

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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. 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I got a call from this individual today, and I was told I am being taken to court. The guy had my bank account information, etc. Call my bank, and the pay day loan people and stopped it all.He is a scamper!!!!!!!!

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I received a call from them claiming I was being investigated for bank fraud... I told him (Brian Smith) that I wanted something mailed to me on state or government letterhead and maybe I'd believe him. I then looked it up and found it was a scam so I called him back and left a message that I was aware he was a scammer and that I had notified the NYS attorney generals office. I have not received a return call from them as if yet.

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They leave threatening language such as "call me back or I feel sorry for what is going to happen to you"...it's all fraud as I have no debt. They also left similar mentions on my work voice mail that was heard by one of my employees.

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281-220-3426

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281-220-3426

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i am being harassed by this number and i need to contact someone to get them to stop!

281-220-3426

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This is an offshore payday loan debt collection extortion scam that has been going on for at least five years. The FBI is aware of it but is unable to go after those involved due to lack of money and manpower. I looked back and found some old information which may prove to be helpful: They obtained your information through Teletrack:Kudos to "Sam" for giving the most intelligent and informative posts on this scam. READ, Bookmark and use as needed:http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-631-456-4041/2I have been receiving phone calls from this group since late April / early May of 2010.  There is a good chance that they also attempted to contact me roughly two years ago before I entered into Chapter 7 Bankruptcy protection, as I faintly remember hearing the same script more or less. As others have stated, the callers are difficult to understand.  Generally speaking their command of the English language is quite poor and their accents are hard to follow. At times they will get certain words or phrases mixed up.  It would be funny if it wasn't for the fact that they had:a) Your SSNb) Your home addressc) Your work addressd) Your banking infoe) Names, numbers and potentially the addresses of "references"f) A complete and total lack of ethics and a basic understanding of the FDCPA.  I have personally filed reports with the following agencies, often with limited (if any) success:Local Policemy state's Attorney General's officeFTCFBISecret ServiceGenerally the local police won't be able to help much.  The callers are using a combination of prepaid cell phones and VoIP, making them difficult to trace.  Also at their disposal are various spoofing tactics being implemented to catch people off guard - meaning the number that appears on your Caller ID isn't the number that is calling you for starters.  Without gaining a subpoena for the billing information for the numbers in question, the local police won't be able to get very far.  My state's Attorney General's office couldn't offer much assistance either.  I received a form letter in the mail that my complaint was received and I would be contacted if they needed additional info.  It was more or less the same information I obtained from the FTC.  They each advised me not to give the individuals over the phone any account information or to authorize payment.  That's just common sense, though.I never got anything from the FBI, either.  There is a good chance that since I haven't suffered a monetary loss that my concerns are low on the totem pole.  I hate to say this, but that is truly the case. Unless you were in the hole for a $1,000 (or more) you aren't going to get much more than "sorry to hear about your situation, change your phone number and move on".  I seemed to get some activity from the Secret Service.  I spoke with agent Doug Zloto. 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(Despite a threat yesterday that my life would be f'ed up)  They can threaten all they want but my credit is frozen and my bank information has changed.  I've changed the only number they could really access me directly on and I've instructed my employer and family to not answer the calls.  I just call and harass them now when I find a few extra seconds.  What's the worst they can do to me?  Charge me with harassment?  Nope, then they would have to identify themselves.Oh, and don't bother contacting Cashnet USA about the calls.  Their "fraud" department could honestly care less.  Their "investigation" is merely a means of buerocratic CYA.  I would even be surprised at this point if actual law enforcement is involved in any shape, way or form at this time.  There is a good chance that the information these crooks have on us was obtained from Cashnet USA - either from a database leak or from a collector that was once authorized by Cashnet to call on delinquent customers.  The other chance is they have access to Teletrack, and pulled all of our information off of there.http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-646-274-1143/3For at least the last four years, possibly longer, a group has been calling former payday loan applicants advising them that they have defrauded a bank and are now being sued for non-payment of a loan.  The callers will claim to be calling on behalf of an attorney's office (name varies), the Dept. of Law and Investigation, ACS, or other similar combinations below:United Legal Processing DivisionMidline MarketingCrime Monitoring ServicesMonetary Crime DivisionU.S. National Bank Attorney General’s Office (usually in California)American Legal ServicesAffidavit Consolidation Services (ACS)You will be threatened with arrest, a costly trial and possibly worse.  In no shape, way or form can you be arrested for non-payment on a consumer debt.  Do not believe these threats, as they are without merit and cannot be carried out in the manner they allege.  Who are they? In the past when pressed by law enforcement for an address, the callers have provided the following information:David Morgan and AssociatesMorgan & AssociatesMorgan Associates954-727-8481 1155 Northwest 85th Street Wintergarden, Florida  33150 (Address is likely invalid)The collector's MO matches a once legit collections agency called Ellis Crosby & Associates.  Here are some links on them:http://www.budhibbs.com/collectorpages/ellis_crosby_and_associates.htmhttp://www.budhibbs.com/collectorpages/EllisCrosbyJudgment.pdfThey have been previously fined over $1.3 million for various violations.  They have been known to use phone banks in India to make their calls, which more or less coincides with the difficult to understand accent many of us detect when we are contacted.   The last time this group went by any "official" name was back in 2008:Ellis Crosby & Associates / Douglas & Morgan Associates4494 Southside Boulevard Suite #200Jacksonville Florida 32216Phone:  800-928-3536 / (904) 928-3536(Address is likely invalid)There are NUMEROUS consumer alerts out against this group of individuals:Florida:http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/061107/met_176207561.shtmlKansas:  http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2010/01/ks_debt_collection.htmlColorado:  http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/press/ ... lls_likely_origRhode Island:  http://www.collectionscreditrisk.com/news/rho ... -3002135-1.htmlWest Virginia:http://www.wvago.gov/internetloanscam.cfmMissouri:On July 15th, 2010 a Public Awareness Bulletin was sent out by Missouri Information Analysis Center.  "..received reports from individuals in Ohio and Illinois reference suspicious telephone calls they received. In both instances, the callers are reporting that a voicemail is received from a man, with a Middle Eastern accent, identifying himself as an officer working with the Financial Crimes Unit.  The message indicates that the reason for the call concerns a loan made by the receiver or someone in the receiver's family. The voicemail requests that a return call be made and a telephone number is provided. When a return call is made, the caller is asked to provide personal identifying information such as their date of birth and social security number.Reports indicate that the calls are frequent and persistent and that they even threaten arrest or legal action if information or money is not provided. It appears that the individuals making these calls may have access to some records connecting individuals and their relatives.  Missouri does not have a Financial Crimes Unit and all indications are that this is a fictitious agency. If you receive a similar phone call, please be advised that it is a scam and please contact your local law enforcement agency or the Missouri Information Analysis Center at 866-362-6422."Bottom line:Do not supply the callers with any additional information.  Inform them you have reported them to law enforcement and hang up.  If you haven't already, go ahead and report the calls to local law enforcement, your state's Attorney General and beyond.  Look up the local Secret Service branch's information in your area and get in contact with an agent there.  If you ever applied for a cash advance online, your information is out there.   Possible sources for the breach of your privacy are:* The scammers obtained your information from Teletrack - a reporting agency used by many cash advance lenders to determine their risk lending to you.  The service is able to tell cash advance lenders if you have existing loans with other companies, for example.  Many state laws prohibit borrowers from having more than two cash advances out at the same time. * The scammers created their own fake payday loan application site.  People looking for a cash advance went to the site and applied, thus freely providing the scammers with their information for malicious use at a later time.  * The scammers were able to get into the database(s) of cash advance lenders - probable targets being Sonic Payday and Cashnet USA.   How to protect yourself:* Inform your employer.  You are likely getting calls at home and/or at work, so make sure your employer is aware the calls are part of a scam and to not take them seriously.  Advise the callers that they are no longer allowed to call you at work.  If they continue to call, document the date and time of the calls you received.  Save voice mails left if at all possible.  * Change your number(s).  For some this may not be an option, for others a one-time number change can be done free of charge.Be advised - any references you listed on your payday loan application will be contacted.  Let those people know that this is a scam, and they can disregard. * Use Google Voice.  Google Voice is a great replacement voice mail system for just about any phone number you use.  Messages can be transcribed and voice mail recordings can be saved as mp3 files.  Pro Tip - call the scammers with a Google Voice number before turning off your old phone numbers.  Make sure when you call you identify yourself so they can start up their script.  At any point after they have your information pulled up just hang up.  They will then start religiously calling your Google Voice number.  At this point, you are free to change your regular phone number(s) and enjoy not having these people ever call you again.  (And laugh at the fact these people are basically talking to a brick wall several times a day)The scammers change their numbers frequently.  Law enforcement used to think it was because the callers ran out of minutes on their prepaid wireless accounts or they were shuttered due to fraud, but now they understand it's simply to evade detection by savvy consumers online.  With the proliferation of VoIP, it's even easier for the crooks to stay a couple of steps ahead of law enforcement.  Below is just a sampling of the 30+ numbers that have been used in recent memory.1-201-244-77221-209-349-73821-209-797-22121-212-500-08391-213-256-04081-213-995-30391-281-763-04331-347-289-39021-347-844-68171-347-844-68311-424-354-42701-516-232-89051-516-232-89351-518-212-02191-561-300-80181-561-210-41851-626-200-46461-631-456-40411-646-274-11431-646-810-86351-650-241-46041-707-401-40561-707-633-27891-708-401-05351-716-442-28241-717-862-40801-718-705-86691-760-514-01321-760-563-53841-772-318-49381-850-201-11111-858-777-19771-859-908-22811-866-860-45091-877-226-74881-888-706-74631-888-771-92491-888-785-44791-909-327-4870So can they really do anything to you?It's not a simple yes or no answer.  Logic dictates that, if they really wanted to take you for a ride and drain your bank accounts, they already would have.  So, why haven't they?  Authorization.  Why do you think you are being called so much?  Perhaps it is because they like the sound of your voice?  No, they have to have your authorization to take any form of payment from you, period.  The callers know their audience, and that audience is typically a bunch of people that have applied for payday loans in the past.  Most of those people they call couldn't afford an attorney if they wanted one, and are so used to receiving collections calls that so long as they sound like a real collector, they will likely be perceived as one.Furthermore, they don't even really want to talk to your attorney - that just sounds official and scary enough.  A real attorney would take the callers to task and write them off as two-bit con artists.  The callers need you, in writing, to authorize payment against the fictitious debt they claim you owe.  Go ahead, ask them for proof you owe the debt - more commonly known as verification of debt.  See what they say.  A phone authorization carries very little weight, so if they have something signed by you on file, you are done for - and the callers know that.  That authorization is the only thing these callers are doing by the book, and for good reason.  If they just went all willy nilly and made an ACH debit from your checking account, without your written approval, you could in turn report the transaction as fraudulent to your financial institution.  In about 7-10 business days, you would get the funds returned to your account.  Then the scammers would be up against a bank and their team of lawyers and investigators.  Bottom line:If you haven't paid the callers a dime, don't.  If you planned on paying them to shut them up, just don't.  Remember - you are not being contacted by a legally licensed, ethically owned and operated collector.  Read up on the FDCPA - http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf - and know your rights.PS--The FBI sent out a Press Release on this scam just last week:Extortion Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans Washington, D.C. December 07, 2010  FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691— filed under: Press Release The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received many complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. Callers claim the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences. The callers purport to be representatives of the FBI, Federal Legislative Department, various law firms, or other legitimate-sounding agencies. They claim to be collecting debts for companies such as United Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Net, and other Internet check-cashing services.According to complaints received from the public, the callers have accurate data about victims, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, employer information, bank account numbers, and the names and telephone numbers of relatives and friends. How the fraudsters obtained the personal information varies, but in some cases victims have reported they completed online applications for other loans or credit cards before the calls started. The fraudsters relentlessly call the victim’s home, cell phone, and place of employment. They refuse to provide any details about the alleged payday loans and become abusive when questioned. The callers have threatened victims with legal actions, arrests, and, in some cases, physical violence if they do not pay. In many cases, the callers harass victims’ relatives, friends, and employers. Some fraudsters have instructed victims to fax a statement agreeing to pay a certain amount, on a specific date, via a pre-paid Visa card. The statement further declares the victim will never dispute the debt. If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller’s instructions. Rather, you should:Notify your banking institutions. Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file. Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger. File a complaint at www.IC3.gov. Tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:Never give your Social Security number—or personal information of any kind—over the telephone or online unless you initiate the contact. Be suspicious of any e-mail with urgent requests for personal financial information. The e-mail may include upsetting or exciting but false statements to get you to react immediately. Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages that request personal information. Ensure that your browser is up-to-date and security patches have been applied. Check your bank, credit, and debit card statements regularly to make sure that there are no unauthorized transactions. If anything looks suspicious, contact your bank and all card issuers. When you contact companies, use numbers provided on the back of cards or statements http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/paydayloanscam_120710http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-951-489-0227

281-220-3426

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Received a call from Robert Matthews today saying same as above.  Do not give these people any information, do not verify any information.  Tell them you have contacted the local authorities and they need to send you a letter at the address they have on file for you (DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR ADDRESS OR VERIFY ANYTHING).   I called the baytown police as mentioned above and they gave me this information.  They also said go to www.ic3.gov and file a complaint with the FBI so they can track the scam nationally.Baytown police 281-422-8371

281-220-3426

14 Report Long ago Unknown
Same here got a call today first a woman the a man once she got me on the line claimimg he was from central investigations and he was going to notify the local police I told him I wanted his name and control number and by law he had to identify him self very rude man and I knew it was a scam once he mentioned a payday loan and I never ever had a payday loan anyway once I threatened to call the cops he hung up

281-220-3426

14 Report Long ago Unknown
I've been getting a few calls from supposed agency as well.  They use a variety of different numbers and names, but same man or woman (I've been called by both) with a very heavy Indian accent claiming to work for the government on some sort of internet crime task force.  When I ask for specific details they get very upset and won't give me any.  They keep trying to repeat information that I already know, I think to intimidate me (name, last four digits of my social and my email address).  Unfortunately I already know that if they've hacked someone's system they already have that info so it's not working as an intimidation tactic.  Supposedly it's for a loan that I never applied for or received. They keep changing the date I supposedly received these funds but refused to send me proof of them.  When I challenged the authenticity of their claims they got upset and hung up.  Each time they have said I would have the police at my door within the hour and be in custody by that evening.  Obviously not true.

281-220-3426

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I received a call at my place of employment today.  A detailed message was left with my supervisor.  A lady named Tina Thomas left a urgent message leaving "department crime investigation" and a extension 3535.  There are 72 people in my office and they all have direct extensions and voice mails set up so this company purposely violated my privacy act rights by bypassing my extension and leaving this type of message with my supervisor when i was available.  When i called i was advised this company was working as a direct law enforcmenet agencies for the state of Texas and someone named Alex #180775 who had a very thick Arabic axcent.  I specically asked him if this wa an outsourced company attempting to collect a debt he said no and that the state of Texas as hired them to file criminal charges against me and that the the county of St Louis will be at my home today to arrest me and will be jailed for 30 days.

281-220-3426

14 Report Long ago Unknown
These people have called me repeatedly with different names, and different numbers stating they are from the Department of Law or Crime and Investigation.  This is harassment and I am getting really angry. They called a few months ago also and at the end said "all I can say is good luck".  Rude, and extremely scary people with very thick accents.

281-220-3426

14 Report Long ago Unknown
You need to call your local police department or walk in and file a complaint. Do not call the county in which the calls are coming from. Not a whole lot will be done, but you are taking the necessary steps.When I did pick up the call, I demanded to know who the person filing a complaint for fraudulent information about me was and he refused to tell me. I demanded his name, number, address and supervisors name. This is what he provided me:His name is James AndersonCalling from Department of Crime and Investigation Location:813 East Drive 18th LaneHouston, TX 77093Phone number is 281-220-3426 Supervisors name is Alex FergusonI called back and the number was busy

281-220-3426

14 Report Long ago Unknown
Got the same type of message called to my cell phone today.  Very heavy accent....Stated his name was Robert Mathews....He said that I needed to return the call immediatly or he would have the police at my house tonight!  Last week the same people called from # 530-563-6090....This guy stated his name was Ben Stone...and the same type of message....They are very rude...I'm just afraid that they have my personal information somehow???  I called back the Ben Stone number and told him I was going to report him....hung up on me.  Called him back to ask why he hung up....he said he was from a law firm collecting on a loan I HAVE NEVER RECEIVED!!!  Then I started laughing...telling him not to ever call this number again....He said "you think funny?"!!  I said "yep"....he hung up!  I dont know what to do if they really have my private information!  Has anyone been the victim of identity theft from any of these people?

281-220-3426

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this is a scam call the police if they call you immditlyCall (281) 422-8371. Email: police@baytown.org.

281-220-3426

14 Report Long ago Unknown
I also have received 3 calls from this James Anderson with a thick heavy accent. When I call back they refuse to tell me anything about what it is regarding until I verify my personal info. Disconnected call with him.

281-220-3426

14 Report Long ago Unknown
I received a call on my cell phone from 281-220-3426, x1011.  Caller stated his name was ALEX FURGUSON (very heavy foreign accent), and he was calling becasue i was being suied and he need my name and address. When I asked what i was being suied for, he kept asking my name

281-220-3426

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I received a call on my work phone from 281-220-3426, x1050.  Caller stated his name was James Anderson (very heavy foreign accent), and he was calling from the Department of Crime & Investigation.  When I returned his call, he would not state the reason he was calling, but wanted my name.  When I asked to speak with a supervisor, he kept stalling and asking for my name.  I ended up hanging up on him.

702-560-4787

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Received several calls from this organization that promotes small business grant. Asked them to remove my phone from their list but did not change anything and still receives their annoying calls. How can I definitely get out of their list?

702-560-4787

4 Report Long ago Unknown
Beware of anyone calling you from this number.  It has been used by a group of people posing as Wealthlane Corporation - they have scammed a bunch of people for a lot of money!!!

702-560-4787

4 Report Long ago Unknown
Beware of anyone calling you from this number.  It has been used by a group of people posing as Wealthlane Coorporation - they have scammed a bunch of people for a lot of money!!!

702-560-4787

4 Report Long ago Unknown
Received several calls from this organization that promotes small business grant. Asked them to remove my ophone form their list but did not change anything and still receives their annoying calls. How can I definitely get oput of their list.

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