Report: #1464324

Complaint Review: Callahan and Associates - California

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  • Reported By: Krysta — saint louis Missouri United States
  • Callahan and Associates

    , California
    United States

Callahan and Associates Threatened to freeze bank accts and incarceration California

*Consumer Comment: Sounds like a scam to me

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I received a call on my cell phone from a 951-387-3966 (it read scam likely on the ID). when i called the number back from a different phone, i was told to call 800-268-0307. once i called this number i was told that i would need to come up with $11000+ or i would be forced to go to court and the attorney would charge me another 10000 making the grand total 20000+.

The car they were referring to was from almost 10 years ago. The type of car was correct, the finance company was also correc, but the amount wasn't. The amount that they were claiming to sue me for was way more than the car actually cost. The first chick did say that they had tried to contact me.

That's when i said i have seen this number but my phone said scam so i don't answer. She just looked over that bit of information. She then forwarded me to another young lady. However, i was suppose to be forwarded to the attorney.

The next chick i spoke to informed me that i could pay $1000 by the end of the day today, or make arrangements, which is something that they don't do, but i would have to put down at least 20% of 11000. I told her that there was no way that i could ever do that, and she stated that then i would face up to 3 years in prison on top of the fine.

i was told that if they froze my bank account and income tax, they could do it for 10 years until the debt is paid and extend it another 10 years for an extension.

I did tell the chick that i would kill myself because i can't go to prison or afford that amount. she quickly disconnected, stating that she would need to terminate the call.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Sounds like a scam to me

AUTHOR: Florida Native - (United States)

POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2018

You can't go to jail for an unpaid debt. The minute the scammer mentioned 3 years in jail, that confirms the whole thing is a scam.

There are other red flags that indicate it is a scam call/email/contact:

1) The entire premise that you owe $X and if you go to court you owe $X + 10k. 

2) The fact that they pushed you to pay $1000 by the end of the day - this is almost always an indicator that it is a scammer and not a legitmate debt collector. Debt collectors can be scam artists too, but they have regulations/laws they have to follow.

3) There is no power that the scammer has to freeze your account. The bank can freeze your account but there would have to be a legitimate court order. Look up the process that the creditor has to take to get a court order to submit to your bank to freeze the account or take your tax refund. Clearly the scammer was attempting to intimidate you into paying something to them.

I'm glad you didn't fall for this scam. 

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