(513) 214-0883

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19 Report For (513) 214-0883

Report by BEH Long ago Unknown
2:15 pm  Hung up after 3rd ring................
Report by busybee1 Long ago Unknown
Getting many calls from this number,when I call back, the line is dead.Take this number off your list who ever you are.
Report by AKaBooM Long ago Unknown
513-214-0883 "Cincinnati OH" was female telemarketer with Indian accent and fuzzy-sounding telephone.  Unusual that the caller actually called asking for me by my first name/nickname, so they must have access to some non-telephone listing records.  As soon as she said she was calling about my "most recent energy bill statement", I hung up.  TELEMARKETER!
Report by dB Long ago Unknown
I just was called by 513-214-0883.  When I called back, I was told the number was out of service or something like that.  I received a call a few days abo about saving me money on my electric bill.  I wish they would stop, as this is annoying...
Report by phil-swohio Long ago Unknown
Did NOT leave a message, when I returned the call I got a recorded message that the line had been disconnected. Although the recording sounded like a recording of a recording, if that makes sense. It sure smacks of S-C-A-M.....
Report by sandy Long ago Unknown
all this no.does is calls never leaves a message
Report by Jayla Long ago Unknown
No answer after picking up the phone. From what I understand this is a scam. Any group that doesn't abide by the (chuckle) do not call registry usually is. This is who the number is supposed to be registered to:Transition Planning Services, LLC provides services in Butler, Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and surrounding CountiesAddress:Biz Tech Center 20 High Street; Suites 309-310 Hamilton, Ohio 45011 Office: (513) 214-0883 Fax: (513) 737-0238
Report by tim tom Long ago Unknown
513 area also here.i have 50 plus numbers marked as spam and this is one of them..called at 11:18 this morning and many times in past few months.sometimes spambot says good bye..sometimes silence then disconnect.fun fun :)
Report by Sandy Long ago Unknown
Since I live in the 513 area code I called the number back and got recording stating that I couldn't call the number as dialed. Makes no sense.
Report by Paul J Long ago Unknown
This number calls once a week, like above no one spoke.
Report by grannie Long ago Unknown
no one spoke when I picked up the phone
Report by Moj Long ago Unknown
They said they were calling for Cerion Energy. Cerion EnergyOne Blossom RoadRochester, NY 14610P: (585) 271 - 5630F: (585) 271 - 5638
Report by Cathy MH Long ago Unknown
Please block this caller (whomever it is).  They just said "good bye" in a computer voice when I answered the call.
Report by Ted Long ago Unknown
Just received a call from 513-214-0883 at 10:45 pm today 12/18 - no message left, called back and it said the number is no longer in service - definitely a telemarketer using spoofing tools
Report by Jodi Long ago Unknown
I received call from this number as well.  Nobody there.
Report by Big O Long ago Unknown
Bogus caller I.d. info when you call it back a recording indicates its a verizon number that is no longer in service. When I answered it a women with an Indian accent told me I was eligible to receive my electric service at a cheaper rate. I ask her where she was calling from? She said California. The area code 513 is local to Cincinnati Oh. Everyone you could here in the background had Indian accents. Don't tele market me using deceptive practices. I you are a company outsourcing your call center to another country, I do not wish to do business with you.
Report by Kaye Long ago Unknown
Received a call and a computerized voice said "goodbye" after a 3 second pause.
Report by Jason Long ago Unknown
They just called and hung up on me too.
Report by Steve Long ago Unknown
Same here. Got a call, answered, they hung up. Right around noon.

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20 Report Long ago Unknown
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20 Report Long ago Unknown
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Consumer Credit Group LLCPhone: (877) 506-4908 (Disconnected)Fax: (866) 290-5758    2300 Tall Pines Dr Ste 125, Largo, FL 33771-5319The Indiana Attorney General's Office has filed on February 23, 2012 against Consumer Credit Group. The suit claims that Consumer Credit Group has violated the Indiana Do Not Call Law and and the Auto-Dialer Act, also known as the robo-call law. It also states that the business violated Credit Service Organization Act and Deceptive Consumer Sales Act by not obtaining a $25,000. surety bond with the state.Contact InformationPrincipal: Mr. Dale Robinson (Manager)Mr. Matthew Franklin Mr. Tom Jenkins Mr. Scott Klein

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20 Report Long ago Unknown
A***OLE SCAMMERS. THEY DON'T REMOVE YOUR #. THEY JUST KEEP CALLING. FTC DOES NOTHING. SPOOF CALLS FROM ALL OVER. WANT TO REDUCE YOU CREDIT CARD RATE.

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Called 4-19-2012 @ 09:49, answered call and pressed 1 to speak with a representative about credit card interest rate reduction.  Went so far as giving her a fake name, then asked her to remove my number from their database.  Asked her to repeat my number back to me, she did.  And I ended the call with, "So, I can expect to not receive ny more calls from this number?"  She hung up on me.  Wasted some of their time if nothing else.

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The number called me at work.

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13 Report Long ago Unknown
they called and called, I never answered because didn't know the number. Final answered  the call, someone was there, told them to take me off their list. been about a month now and no more calls

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13 Report Long ago Unknown
I've been getting calls on my cell phone practically every day for over 2 weeks now. Always between 11am and noon. I don't have an employer. So from what UofU Employee said, it must be a fraudulent call.

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13 Report Long ago Unknown
sick and tired of hang up calls from this number...

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Stated themselves as taking an opinion poll by my employer.  Asked information about commuting?  It is a very questionable phone call.

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I think they have to take you off THEIR lists if you get on the individual company's do not call list. But yeah, they don't have to abide by nation DNC list...

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Just FYI, if the company calling is a research firm, those are exempt from the do not call registry. It stinks, I know.

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I'm on the Do Not Call list... they have called me at least twice every weekday for the last 2 weeks.  Is there anyone I can report them to?

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Continues to call multiple times per day; never leaves a message.

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Answered once and they hung up. Getting tire of these calls

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What number did you call to get your number removed?

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hung up when I picked up. I called back. It is an opinion/ survey/ poll. I get 4 to 5 call a day. I left a message to take me off their list.

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Caller hung up when answering machine connected.

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hung up when I picked up. It is an opinion/ survey/ poll.

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
Same exact thing happenned to me today. To make a long story short, I called him back and threatened to kill his goats, and bang his wife. he hung up. Priceless!

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
Let them know the next time they call you are aware they are attempting to extort money for a non-existent debt, have notified the authorities and hang up. If that doesn't work, tell them the FBI has tapped your phone lines and are monitoring their calls.

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
A man with terrible English calls my wifes cell and now my home threatening arrest. He will not give name of company he's collecting for. I know it is a scam, just with I knew how to stop the calls. He will use different numbers, but most frequently 916-243-5985

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
very informative! thank you.just got 3 calls in a matter of minutes.i answered 1,told him i looked # up on computer,know it's a scam and called authorities!

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
They are criminals operating an extortion scam out of India. Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand MoneyBy BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) June 7, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place."This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years."I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men."I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing."I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme."If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam." Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false. Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script. "Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children." "You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water." William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially "These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community. "I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576. Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was." "It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared." Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money. If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said. Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively. "There's no place in society for these people," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
Called my cell phone and work phone making threats.After I informed him his number was on the internet as a scam stilled called me.These guys either have balls or are stupid.

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
called my work and cell numbers- this is a scam states it was the state attorney micheal johnston in califormia- called the number from a blocked line and he wanted my name and social- told him no and that i was reporting it - reported to the state attoreny generals office in pa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
I got the same call threating me with fraud and all kind of crude,said here was my laywers number and he did not want it.its a scam!!!

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
Wow...I received the same message this morning (1/21/13).  Guy had a heavy accent. What's going on?

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
Foreign caller with my wifes full name and number is threatening her with sentences of "if you do not return my call", "a legal situation will unfold on you and all I can say is good luck and God bless."

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
these people are a real scam !!!!!!we called the FBI and local police department about them....

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
I just got another call this morning what did the police say?? So I can call police there calling my cell phone and work phone.

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
they left very threatening calls and had a lot of my personal info I had to call police.

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
Left a message of a threatening nature regarding dire consequences if the call was not returned, etc.  The caller had an accent. also said had my ssn and name.

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
These people are running a scam.  If you get a call by them report them to your states attorney general, the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI.  Do not give them any of your information or send them any money.  They are not a legitatmite company or persons.  Also i would recommend thatanyone who has received a phone call from these people to report your identity stolen to all three credit bureau's, your bank and the social security administration.  They have called me numerous times, feom different numbers using different names.  They have called me from 916-243-5985 using the name Mark Wallis, 413-752-0501 using the name Alan Watson, 334-539-3240 using the name John Stevens.  So dont respond to there calls are reports them to the above stated authorities.

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
i have been geting the same calls the last few days

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
I have received numerous calls from this number today!!! Left threatening messages and also a foreign accent.

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38 Report Long ago Unknown
Left a message of a threatening nature regarding dire consequences if the call was not returned, etc.  The caller had an accent.

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Got a call from them on my cellphone at 3:40 pm, I didn't answer, and they didn't leave a message. Yesterday, got a call from a related number 573-884-6567, and same. Both hseem related to Univ of Missouri, based merely on other reports I see online.

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Received multiple calls from this number, did not answer.  Next day got a call from 573-882-4932, still didn't answer. No message left on either.

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The caller hangs up without leaving any message.

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
Same exact thing happenned to me today. To make a long story short, I called him back and threatened to kill his goats, and bang his wife. he hung up. Priceless!

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
Let them know the next time they call you are aware they are attempting to extort money for a non-existent debt, have notified the authorities and hang up. If that doesn't work, tell them the FBI has tapped your phone lines and are monitoring their calls.

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
A man with terrible English calls my wifes cell and now my home threatening arrest. He will not give name of company he's collecting for. I know it is a scam, just with I knew how to stop the calls. He will use different numbers, but most frequently 916-243-5985

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
very informative! thank you.just got 3 calls in a matter of minutes.i answered 1,told him i looked # up on computer,know it's a scam and called authorities!

916-243-5985

38 Report Long ago Unknown
They are criminals operating an extortion scam out of India. Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand MoneyBy BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) June 7, 2012 Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place."This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years."I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men."I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing."I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme."If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam." Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false. Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script. "Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children." "You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water." William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially "These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community. "I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576. Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was." "It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared." Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money. If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said. Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively. "There's no place in society for these people," he said. http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2

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Called my cell phone and work phone making threats.After I informed him his number was on the internet as a scam stilled called me.These guys either have balls or are stupid.

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called my work and cell numbers- this is a scam states it was the state attorney micheal johnston in califormia- called the number from a blocked line and he wanted my name and social- told him no and that i was reporting it - reported to the state attoreny generals office in pa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I got the same call threating me with fraud and all kind of crude,said here was my laywers number and he did not want it.its a scam!!!

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Wow...I received the same message this morning (1/21/13).  Guy had a heavy accent. What's going on?

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Foreign caller with my wifes full name and number is threatening her with sentences of "if you do not return my call", "a legal situation will unfold on you and all I can say is good luck and God bless."

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these people are a real scam !!!!!!we called the FBI and local police department about them....

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I just got another call this morning what did the police say?? So I can call police there calling my cell phone and work phone.

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they left very threatening calls and had a lot of my personal info I had to call police.

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Left a message of a threatening nature regarding dire consequences if the call was not returned, etc.  The caller had an accent. also said had my ssn and name.

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These people are running a scam.  If you get a call by them report them to your states attorney general, the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI.  Do not give them any of your information or send them any money.  They are not a legitatmite company or persons.  Also i would recommend thatanyone who has received a phone call from these people to report your identity stolen to all three credit bureau's, your bank and the social security administration.  They have called me numerous times, feom different numbers using different names.  They have called me from 916-243-5985 using the name Mark Wallis, 413-752-0501 using the name Alan Watson, 334-539-3240 using the name John Stevens.  So dont respond to there calls are reports them to the above stated authorities.

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I just got a call fron 916-243-5985 stating I had cash advance and they had criminal charges against me.  The funny thing is I don't do cash advancs.....hmmm....sounds like a scam to me....

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i have been geting the same calls the last few days

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I have received numerous calls from this number today!!! Left threatening messages and also a foreign accent.

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Left a message of a threatening nature regarding dire consequences if the call was not returned, etc.  The caller had an accent.

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