my husband was called on 10-21-03 and told that he owed 260.24 for an att phone bill. He had never received anything in the mail from GC Services stating his rights regarding this matter. He was told that he needed to pay in full now. either payment in full using a credit card or a check by phone. my husband told the caller that he did not give out this info on the phone and never did check by phone either. he said that he would mail a check to att the caller told him that att would not accept the payment as GC now owned this account. The caller was very rude and demanded my husband pay him by check now. my husband told the caller no and hung up.
on 11-09-03 I recd a call from GC services. I was asked if my husband was home, i said no. They then said that they had spoken to him and that I was doing a moneygram for them in the amount of 260.24 and wondering why this had not been done. I told them i knew nothing about a promise for a moneygram and that i had never spoken to them. They then said my spouse promised them that i would do a moneygram in this amount. I told them no. They then said that i needed to go get my check book or my spouses check book and make a payment now by phone. If i did not do a payment by phone then they would need this paid today by credit card. I told them that I did not have a credit card nor a check book. They said that they knew i had both.
I asked the caller how i would know that this was credited to my att account. they said they would send me a paid in full statement. I told them that I would mail the check directly to att and that att could then pay them directly. they said that att could not take the check and it would be returned to me. i then indicated that i could mail the check directly to them. they said no they would no accept a check by mail.
i asked what the difference was between me mailing them a check or a check by phone. they said that the check by phone would confirm immediate payment. i told them that i would be in contact with att directly and that GC would not be getting any payment from me or my husband as they did not want a check by mail. I was told that they would call me day and night until they got me to do a payment by phone.
i told them that i would be sending them a letter to cease collection activity and would only deal directly with att. they could expect this letter via certified mail return receipt requested within one week.
After i got off the phone i looked at the statement that was mailed to my husband on 10-27-03 and saw that on the balance due statement it ironically said to use the enclosed envelope and send payment to P O Box l321, Houston, TX.
I will not be mailing a payment to this company. I believe that they are fraudulent collection agency and I will not be intimidated by the callers into mailing any payment to them.