There are scam artist with heavy middle easter accent going around extorting money from people who've applied for pay loans.
Here are examples of what they say when they call you:
"I'm calling because I'm an officer of the law working at a law office. We need you to pay x amount of dollars in order to avoid going to jail"
"Hi, my name is Max Gamble and I'm calling because we need you to pay $900 to avoid us taking you to court for a debt you owe"
FYI: An officer of the law works at the police department & the FBI. Officers of the law don't work at law offices making phone calls to people about debts that they may or may not owe. Furthermore, a legitamate debt collector will initiated correspdonce by sending a formal letter in the mail. Sometimes they may not, but that's rare. No matter how they initiate contact with a debtor, if they are a legit debt collection agency, they will be able to tell you who the creditor is that they represent, also, they will be able to give you a legit phone number & address that is "verifiable" in connection with their company.
These scam artists never give specific information about the "creditor" that you supposedly owe this debt to. Instead they put and keep the focus on you and what might happen to you (in a bady way) if you don't pay them this money they claim you owe their client. They never divulge who their client is because this is a scam.
I filed with the FTC & I filed with the FBI
I called to check on the FBI report and apparently these folks in India have been going around doing this with other phone numbers scamming people.
Apparently the FBI is working on this and the direct link on their website to the "payday loan scam" is http://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/paydayloanscam_120710/
They FBI is calling this an "extortion" scam related to people who applied for payday loans.
The FBI is investigating this because their is a front man living here in America (who is from India) - The money initially goes to him in his American account and then he feeds the money to his "operators" who are located in India.
ABC News link:
Report them to the FBI because it's still under investigation and there has been lawsuits filed against the indian guy who is living here in America.
To file with the FBI: https://tips.fbi.gov/
To file with the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
They're still working on this case, but since the front man lives here in America and ABC went to his house and all the money initially goes to his account, this might be just the loophole that the FBI will need to get these folks stopped
Apparantly they've called well over 600,000 people and have made well over 5 million dollars from their scam. We need to stop them and since the front man resides in America, the victims should file a class action suit against this man and get back their money.
Some of the numbers they've used are:
540 650 7602
814 326 9205
Some of the names they've gone by:
Max Gamble (Attorney)
William Johnson (Officer)
Company Names that they've gone by:
IC-3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center)
Cash Advance America
If there is any other info. anyone knows, please add it to his report and I will report it in when I communicate with the FBI about my pending case that I filed against these scam artists. Thanks!