Today, I received a call that nearly gave me a heartattack. The man had a deep Indian/Arabic voice. He asked for me. He stated that it was a very very important matter. He told me that I was having charges pressed against me for fraud. This guy had all my information. He read me off my social security number, my home address, my relatives names, my phone number, my bank account number, my bank name, etc. He stated to me that I had taken out a loan of $490 from the United States National Bank and never paid them back. Then he stated to me that I had done an electronic check over the internet, and the money was not in my account. I told him I had no clue what he was talking about. Then he started yelling at me in a deep indian voice telling me that I was lying and such. He then immediately went into telling me that I was going to jail and that I would have to pay $25,000 to get out of jail. He told me I would spend years in jail, pay a huge legal fine and such. He told me I would be arrested in two hours. Then he told me I would be arrested at 8 AM the next morning. Still at this point, I had no clue what he was talking about. He did state to me my bank name, and I did remember having a check bounce over the internet. It was for online poker, Pokerstars specifically. But I did pay all the money back. This was in April 2008. But the guy told me what he was talking about, occured back in October 2007 and it was for $490. He kept telling me that I was going to jail, and kept pounding in my head that I would have to pay $25,000 to get out.
After about 10 minutes talking to this guy, he said he wanted to put his top supervisor on the phone. This guy named Will came on the phone. But it was the same guy talking. The same guy I was talking to first, pretended to be his own supervisor. He started yelling at me telling me that I thought that it was a scam phone call, even though I never once said that. He kept saying "this is a serious matter, this is not a scam". About halfway through the call, he then stated to me that we could resolve all of this without having to go through the legal system. He said we could resolve this if I paid $890 to him with a debit/credit card. He said if I paid him, then all my legal troubles would go away. He kept pounding in my head the fact that it will cost $25,000 to get out and that I would go to jail. At this point in the call, I knew that this was a scam. The original number that came up was 524-801-89. I wanted to test the waters and see what he would say to some of my questions. I told him that I didn't have a bank account or credit card. He then said that I would have to go to Walmart, and pick up a prepaid Mastercard/Visa and put money on there and pay them the $890. He asked how long it would take. I told him 2 hours. He then suddenly got really angry and said nevermind and to forget the entire deal and that he would press charges. I found that to be pretty funny. He then settled down and I told him that I would call him back and that I would need a phone number to call him back on. The number was 607-330-0158. I googled it and it came up as a New York number. I don't understand why when he called it came up with the weird odd numbered phone number. Im thinking it was a calling card. This guy was in no way a professional and he was very very angry throughout the call. I found it to be a scam for a number of reasons. The first being that he wouldn't give me details on what my fraud charge was all about. He wanted to make sure I knew the consequences of what would happen if I didn't pay him the $890. And lastly, no business, nor government establishment would give you all this information over the phone and ask for a debit/credit card over the phone. They also would not tell you that you were going to be arrested by 8 AM in the morning. This is very scary though that they knew my bank account information and all, my social security number, my relatives names, my address, my email address. I will contact the FBI and my local police department about this. Anyone with similar calls from this company or arabian/indian guy?
Mount Prospect, Illinois
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