ED Magedson – Founder
Allen Lewis & Associates1185 Lane Ave Jacksonville, Florida United States of America
I received a call the other day from a Mr.Bill Dorsey stating he was from the law offices of Allen Lewis & Associates. In a very rude tone he told me I owed K&S music $818.00 for a "stolen" clarinet. I explained to him that I had returned the equipment & that it was not stolen & he replied that in the contract that I signed with K&S music that because the equipment was not returned on time that I owed $818.00.
He demanded that I pay that amount immediately using a credit card or checking acct. or they would file charges against me & that I would have to then pay all their attorney & court costs which could run 3 times the amount of the clarinet. I told him I did not have a credit card or checking acct. or that amount of money handy at the time. He then told me that I could set up a payment plan but only if I set up a checking account. He said he could set me up with a free checking accout through Wakovia bank. I told him I wasnt familiar with that bank & didnt feel comfortable using any other bank besides my own. He then laughed at me & told me Wakovia bank is the biggest banking establishment in the country.blah blah blah. I refused.
He started telling me that I was refusing to work with them and told me it shows what kind of character I have and I should pay my bills. I told him I was trying to work with them & he started talking really fast & told me my payroll was going to be deducted by 75% and began to ramble off names of people at my work place, started rambling off legal terms I would not understand, told me I have an hour to call them back & to have a nice day & hung up.
I have caller ID & called back & told the receptionist how rude I was talked to by a Mr. Bill Dorsey & wanted to talk to his supervisor. I was put on hold & then back on the line with the same man.I told him how rude he was & told him he better watch the way he talks to me. I told him I needed until Monday to make some type of payment arrangement & he told me he could only give me until 4:00 the next day or he had no choice but to file papers against me & I would have to go to court & reminded me I would also have to pay all their legal fees.He gave me a case # with my social security # in it & asked if any of the numbers sounded familiar to me!
I received a call the next day from a different man & he was no better.Thats when I did my homework. I found a lot of helpful info. from ripoffreport.com. I have contacted the FTC,BBC & my state attorney generals office. I was told to try & work something out with the original company but K&S told me its already been turned over to this collection agency. I told K&S how rude this agency is & the lady replied "you had time to deal with the nice people now you have to deal with the bad people". She told me they been doing business with Allen Lewis & Associates for years & have had no problems with them in past. She was just as rude as the collection Agency.
Not sure what to do now but I will write an update when I find out.If anyone has info. about this matter please inform us!
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