December 6, 2011 – New York, NY – The Better Business Bureau has received complaints from victims of telephone collection scams. These callers claim to be from the FBI, Federal Crime Investigations, United Legal Processing, and other legitimate-sounding agencies. Many of these calls come from a New York State area code, but are targeting people all across the country. The victims are told they must repay their loans or face severe legal consequences.
Be careful because these scammers use a victim’s accurate personal information such as their Social Security numbers, home address, bank account numbers, driving license numbers, employer information and any other information they have obtained. Many of these callers claim to be from US Cash Advance and CashNetUsa. The scammers harass and threaten the victims with arrests and even physical violence if they do not pay.
If you receive a call, BBB advises:
- Do NOT follow the instructions of the caller
- NEVER divulge personal information
- Contact your bank
- Request a fraud alert to be put on your credit file
- Contact local law enforcement agencies
- Report the fraud to your local BBB (www.newyork.bbb.org) and Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
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