I received a voice mail on my cell phone last night (6/1/11 at 6:48 pm) from a place calling themselves American Legal Services. The caller stated that his name was Jerry Murphy and that apparently I have a lawsuit pending against my name and social security number. This person had a very strong Indian accent and I had to listen to the message over and over again in order to fully understand what he was saying. I did try to call the phone number that he left on my voice mail (484-985-9235) and the call went directly to what sounded like a voice mail from a cell phone. Apparently, the voice mailbox was full, so I was unable to leave a message.
I then searched for American Legal Services on Google and I clicked on the first thing I saw on top of the search. As evidence, I copied and pasted what I read below:
There is currently an offshore scam. These scammers claim to be from American Legal Services. They call people telling them that they must send money today or they will be arrested tomorrow. If you are called by these people, do not give them credit card or any other numbers.
Get the address they want you to send the money to, then call your local F.B.I. and report them immediately.
The real American Legal Services is a law firm based out of Michigan who help people with financial and credit issues to file bankruptcy. They have absolutely NOTHING to do with this scam and are, themselves, victims. Unfortunately, as stated earlier, I was unable to reach anyone at the phone number they left on my voice mail, so I am unable to provide you with an address where they want the money sent to. Further, this person actually sounded like the same person that called me about 3 or 4 years ago stating that he was from the IRS and that I owed money and needed to provide my credit card number and bank information or I was going to go to jail for not paying my taxes. I did refuse to give any such information and informed him that I was reporting him to the IRS.
At that time, he tried giving me a phony phone number for the IRS, telling me to go ahead and call them to confirm this. I told him I would get the number on my own and report the call and he immediately hung up. I did call and report this to the IRS and they informed me of an ongoing offshore scam that was going on at that time. Further, they informed me that the IRS would never ever call me on the phone if I owed money on my taxes and that I would instead get a letter in the mail informing me of such. They also strongly advised me to contact Equifax or Experian to inform them that my social security number, as well as my identity may have been compromised. I did this, as well and both Equifax and Experian placed fraud alerts on my credit report. However, I have no idea how long a fraud alert stays on a credit report.