Had multiple calls from this number on my caller ID over several weeks- no message each time. I finally was available when they called this evening, and tried to tell me that I owed $200.91 to WorldCom wireless. I had a WorldCom cell phone, oh, about 7 years ago - they, um, if you didn't already know, went out of business many years ago and sold out to AT&T. My phone number, account, bill, outstanding payments, EVERYTHING transferred automatically to AT&T.
"Cynthia" tried to explain herself by saying it's been passed through several collection agencies, so that's why it's taken so long to "catch up to me" - and that they mailed me a collection letter three months ago, and I had 30 days to dispute it, whether I recieved the letter or not. Demanded payment over the phone, offered me a $40 discount if I paid in full right then and there. I informed her that NOBODY SHOULD EVER GIVE PERSONAL INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE when someone has called them, duh, that's the easiest way to steal someone's financial information and identity - and that if she could fax me proof that I owed the money I would call her back and make the payment.
She refused, and told me that if I didn't pay while I was on the phone with her, she would mark my account "Refused to Coooperate" and that I would then have to pay "involuntarily", and that my place of work (she actually said "if you have a job") would be contacted.
She was very insulting, implied that I was a complete deadbeat and had been purposely trying to avoid the debt. I'm not a deadbeat - if I really owed the money, I'll own up to it and make the payment. Refused to put her supervisor on - actually tried to tell me that she didn't know her supervisors name!
I finally got her to give me my "account number" and an 800 number to call back to make my payment, and as soon as I got off the phone ran my credit report - what do you know, there's nothing delinquent on my entire credit report. Oh, and I called the number she gave me, I got a recording that "all of the agents were too bust" to take my call.
DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE MONEY!!