I previously blogged about fake debt collectors here, here, here and here. They are criminals who gather bits of information about you – possibly from the resume you posted on-line or from the on-line loan application you filled out – and then try to trick you into paying them for a non-existent debt. Now you can listen to an actual call from one of them by clicking on this link: Fake Debt Collection Call MP3
The criminal in this call said he was from “Financial Crimes & Investigations” at phone number (347) 408-1751. He threatened to send an investigator to the recipient’s door and to call his employer. The call was a complete fraud.
If you get a call from a debt collector you think is fake, ask for the street address you can mail a check to. When the scam artist resists giving you an address, or insists you cannot pay by check, hang up and never talk to them again. (If you keep talking to them, or arguing with them, they will call you even more.) Then file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the FBI’s Internet Crime Center.