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posted 1/5/2011 8:31:39 PM |
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i've been getting called from a very nasty bunch called portfolio recovery, and tonight i checked out the number for them. i admit in the past my credit was piss poor at times, but these jackoffs are trying to collect on a bill i never made wiwth people i never did business with. and it gets better. they have also tried to collect on defaulted debts that run from 8 to over 15 years old. i seem to recall 7 years being the limit.

they are rude at best, give you no information on the alleged debt, will not identify themselves, and just keep calling. on bing i found a long list of numbers that have been identified with this outfit. the one that seems to be hitting me is 412-282-1420. and that is only one of them. it is out of pittsburgh, pa., and i have gotten one or two out of florida.

i'm about to contact the states attorney general in PA., and the one for missouri to see if i can sue their asses for harassment, fraud, and anything else i can think of. they are also calling my brother since his phone is in my name. while searching i did find where there is a class action suit against them as well. so they have a widespread rep as frauds.

just thought anyone else that has or is getting calls from them should be aware of what they are doing.

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Jan 5 @ 8:40PM  
I get an 800 number that calls around 7:30 PM at least three nights a week. They let their computer leave a message stating that if I continue to listen then I am admitting that I am so and so and owe this debt so I always stop listening.. but it's getting really annoying!

I've tried calling the alleged company and get no response just a voice mail type situation after a press 1 run around for about four minutes.

I believe they are actually scammers.

Jan 5 @ 8:41PM  

What is the difference between a catfish and a collection agent?


One is a scum sucking bottom-feeder.

The other is a fish.

Jan 5 @ 8:51PM  
i am going to get a phone recording thing, and the next time i answer, i'm going to tel them it is being recorded, and i demand full particulars of the alleged debt. but anyone can do a google, or probably yahoo, or bing, or dogpile search and come up with a company or name to go with most any number. so try that and then, tell them they are about to get hit with a lawsuit for harassment, and fraud. bet they hang up real quick.

Jan 5 @ 8:59PM  
Either that or insist on getting it in writing. Tell them you need to have original bills and receipts for your records. If they refuse to do it with having a written record, that should set off all kinds of alarm bells.

Jan 5 @ 10:05PM  
I get crap like that for ex-roommates or people I don't even know. It is just like scammers on here. I just hang up on them and ignore them. Any other efforts are a waste of my time.

Jan 5 @ 10:30PM  
Scamming collection agencies are known for buying lists of debtors of old debt that has been written off or paid off long ago.

Whenever I get an unidentified call, I always Google the number. Most of them show up on sites that identify them as bottom-feeding debt collectors and scam artists.

The best thing to do is ignore the message. Delete it. It is not worth the frustration of confronting them. It is like replying to a spam email . If you acknowledge them in any way, they will know they have a live one, and will continue to harass you mercilessly.

I love voice mail and the ability to screen calls.

Jan 5 @ 10:48PM  
I'm sorry you're going through this right now Duster. I truly believe ignoring them and screening your calls is the best thing to do right now. Good luck.

Jan 5 @ 11:12PM  
I just tell them I 've been dead for a year or two. That usually stops the calls.

Jan 6 @ 12:40AM  
I have been getting these calls for just over a year now. Usually a very heavy Indian accent, although last week it was very Jamaican. I have never taken a loan with this company, although they have quite a bit of my personal information. They usually start out telling me a legal action has been filed against my name and social security number. At first I freaked out! But then I did some checking, called the actual company they claimed they were collecting for. It was a representative of this company that told me to contact the FTC. You can also file a complaint with the Atty General of the state they are calling from. You can file these complaint online. Costs you nothing but a few minutes time. Then when they would call me back, and they always do, I would inform them that I had reported them to the Feds, they were about to be deported back to the pisshole country they came from and not to call me again. Or sometimes I just tell them file their case in court, I'll answer the petition when I'm served. They NEVER know what this means! One was telling me they were from a very large law firm in CA, however they always called me from an unlisted number from New Jersey! So I sent the law firm a nice little email informing them!

I'll admit, the particularly nasty ones that have threatened to have me arrested and hauled to court in LA, I've saved their numbers in my cell phone! Sometimes when I'm having a bad day, I'll just block my number and call them for some venting! I find it very therapeutic! Good luck with them!

Jan 6 @ 1:45AM  
one of the oldest scams over here in the land of OZ is these assholes will ring you around 6pm, you know ...right about time.

they try to convince you that you overlooked paying for a bill you never had in the first place, usuall something small so you don't question it too much .
tell them they are being recorded and reported to consumer affairs, they usually get the message and go away .
I like hogs idea too , i'm gonna try that and see what happens

Jan 6 @ 2:44AM  
why do you answer a call from a number you don't recognize...just don't answer.

Jan 6 @ 10:59AM  
I agree with LBS..file a complaint with the State Attorney General's office in the state they are calling from. And like a few of the others....just don't answer. It's a scam most likely. I've been having some idiot scammers calling me claiming to be from "Card Member Services" saying how they can lower my interest rates on my credit cards. Thing is....I haven't had a credit card in over 5 years.

Bottom line, they're just losers, don't let them get to you.

Jan 6 @ 8:43PM  
Just one more reason I no longer have a land line !!

Jan 6 @ 11:07PM  
@ lilofval.......they don't call my land line, they call my cell and my work number! Lately they are calling the girl that works in the cubicle right outside my office door. The other afternoon she had just left for the day and I heard her phone ring. I pulled it to see if I could help........same assholes asking for her. I asked them for their number, then I asked if this was in regards to a personal matter. When they said yes I politely took their number, ran it on google, Sure enough, same bullshit, different victim! When she came in the next morning I gave her a little education about how it's been going on with me for just over a year! She claims it just started with her. She said next time they ask for her atty's information she's gonna put me on the phone! lol

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