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Fake debt collector calls reported

Posted June 14, 2011

Attorney General Roy Cooper warned Monday that some residents of North Carolina have reported getting calls threatening jail time if they don't pay a debt.

The callers identify themselves as representatives of the "Federal State Bureau of NC," an agency which does not exist.

Cooper says legitimate debt collection agencies will provide a written request for payment and are not allowed to use threats. Anyone who receives a suspicious call is asked to report it by calling 1-877-566-7226.

File a consumer complaint with the Attorney General's Office


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  • oldrwizr Jun 14, 2011

    Once again, you won't go broke betting on the ignorance of the goLo community. In response to the incredibly naive statement that you don't have to worry about a debt collector calling you if you pay your bills, first there are scammers everywhere, and then there's "phishing". For instance, I've been getting called for years by a debt-buzzard agency that says I owe money. Funny thing is, the name they call me by is a name I've only used to buy magazine subscriptions. So guess where they got my name and address? Plus, they say it's a default on a student loan. I paid mine off in 1993. I just ignore them.

  • LambeauSouth Jun 14, 2011

    Seems Bluebird can't read the story above................
    these are known scammers not debt collectors......get it right
    they are overseas and the people they call owe nothing, the hope is that they will scare you or harass you enough so you will pay, it's typically around the 350.00 range on all.

  • jamar32806 Jun 14, 2011

    Our bill was paid on time by automatic draft and they still threatened to start procedures for jail time. Little do they know I work for the department and it is not that easy. They even had the nerve to call my husband's job. That was not a nice conversation either. :)

  • westernwake1 Jun 14, 2011

    "If you pay your bills then you don't have to worry about a debt collector calling you in the first place!" - bluebird1075

    Actually you do. These people will call relatives and friends of people who owe money. They will harass people who are victims of identity theft and are being inappropriately targetted for collection.

    I was a victim of Bell South turning over a bill for a phone number that was taken out in my name without my knowledge about it. The collection agency started calling to collect their $60 and would not even tell me what the bill was for ("You know that. Just give me your credit card number.") I finally had to hire a lawyer and go after Bell South and their fraud-ridden collection agency partner to stop the continual harassment and threats at all hours of the day and night for a bill of $60 that I did not owe. It took me years to sort out my credit report after this. I will never use Bell South for phone service again.

  • bluebird1075 Jun 14, 2011

    If you pay your bills then you don't have to worry about a debt collector calling you in the first place!

  • tobywilliamson58 Jun 14, 2011

    Relax folks, I was just kidding. It is good to know you all wanted to help! I normally give the phone to my small child and put it on speaker, it's a rift!!

  • LoveBeingAMommy Jun 14, 2011

    Well several time the same lady has called my phone and said please hold for someone, I hang up. How u just call someone and say hold please without saying who u are.

  • Arkansas Razorback Jun 14, 2011

    When I was younger I fell behind on my car payment. The loan company had my phone number on some kind of "automatic dial". I would receive a phone call every 20-25 minutes until I had the payment current. It almost drove me nuts. It took me about a week and a half to catch up. The phone calls were enough to discourage me from ever falling behind again. That was back before caller ID. LOL

  • djcgriffin Jun 14, 2011

    That's sad...now people that dont pay their bills have another excuse to hang up on a legit debt collector.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jun 14, 2011

    This reminds me of the old National Check Control scam which rolled into the Check and Merchant Services scam.

    These guys are always evolving.