Bogus Collection Claims using name of Consumer Law Group

by Alan Mansfield on July 23, 2010

This firm recently has been contacted by two individuals who were contacted by individuals claiming to be from the Consumer Law Group in San Diego, and demanding immediate payment of moneys for pay day loans and other matters. 

 If you receive a call from someone making such a claim, please be advised it is not from this firm.  In fact, if this has happened to you, please feel free to post a response so that these illegal acts can be reported to the appropriate authorities.

We have been in contact with the San Diego City Attorney’s office, and they have opened up an investigation on this issue.  If you have been a victim of this practice, please call the Consumer Protection Unit at 619-533-5600.

There is an organization that identifies itself as Mincal Consumer Law Group that is based in Los Angeles and claims to have an office in San Diego.  MinCal has confirmed that they have similarly been contacted by irate consumers and have also confirmed that they similarly are not involved in or affiliated with the entities that are making such calls.  There is no affiliation between that firm and CLGCA.  

We apologize to any individual who is being defrauded by this scam and will assist any persons who have such a claim and refer them to an attorney who may be able to assist as well as to the San Diego City Attorneys’ Office.

UPDATE – In response to this post I have received numerous additional reports.  I am forwarding them to the City Attorney’s Office for investigation but it would help if you also did so by calling the above phone number.  I have also sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company asking them to stop using my firm’s name and to stop engaging in such practices.   if you are contacted by this company, please get the name of the person you spoke with, the company address, who they are affiliated with, and where they are getting your SSN information and the basis for the debt they claim is due and owing, then provide that information to help other potential victims.

As of August 18, the San Diego City Attorneys’ office is investigating this matter.  If you receive calls from this group, please contact my office so that we can put you in touch with the investigators, since despite the cease and desist letter these practices appear to be ongoing.

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slr July 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

This happen to my brother today. He is in the process of putting a hold on all his accounts and contacting the credit bureau. These people are from over seas and had all his information. This is crazy and we have the phone number the people call from.

Dale July 27, 2010 at 2:22 am

I recieved this call on friday. I have contacted the FTC and they sent me a letter stating they can not help me. The thing that scares me the most about it is that this group has my social security number. I have had to freeze my credit cancel my cards and change all my account numbers. There are actually multiple groups pulling this same scam and I already got caught by them once. I did my own research and found the number they called from is registered to a residence in La Jolla California.

Angie July 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm

I recieved this call today telling me they were sending an office to pick me for fraud and a few other charges. I have all their supposed names address. Glad I found this site with this statement posted on it. It is indeed kinda scary because this Brandon Watson was telling me information about my social security number and my checking account information, and said I had received a pay day loan online with U.S. Cash

Derek Gisriel August 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

On August 2, 2010 I was contacted by a law office titled “Law Group of California” stating that an outstanding payday loan has been sent to their law office and they are representing “U.S. Loans.” The Law office verified my last 4 digits of my SS# as well as name. They briefed me on my affidavit and said I would be charged with:

1. Violation of Federal Banking Regulations
2. Collection Fraud
3. Theft by Deception

The person in contact was: Steven McDonald at (424) 239-6150. He demanded the attorney fees they were seeking would be $5,000 and if my attorney did not contact them by today (August 2nd) he would be issuing a subpoena to the Texas Attorney General for the above charges. He then stated that he would have his “investigative team” “pick me up” if my attorney did not contact him today.

They got mad when I told them my attorneys will be contacting them tomorrow and did not want to release their address…sketchy but I am canceling my account and monitoring my SS # as well as talking to my attorney.

Crystal August 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm

1. Violation of Federal Banking Regulations
2. Collection Fraud
3. Theft by Deception
The person in contact was: Steven McDonald at 209-729-3813. He demanded the attorney fees they were seeking would be $5,000 and if my attorney did not contact them by today (August 9) he would be issuing a subpoena to Arrest me for the above charges. He then stated that he would have his “investigative team” “pick me up” if my attorney did not contact him today.

They got mad when I told them my attorneys will be contacting them tomorrow. He said no have him contact me today, i told him that he was in court and he would contact them tomorrow

DAWN August 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

O.M.G. I too got several calls…threating to pick me up on fraud charges for a payday loan. they recited my bank routing number, my social, and my account number. It was horrible. After several very irate calls from them (all 4 of them had foreign accidents) the attorney in me took over (Thats right, I am a licensed member of the bar) and I started asking them questions. When they told me that they worked for the Orange Park State Attorney( there is no such jurisdiction) whose name is Branden Watson…I know I had them caught. but, it was not until I read the above comments that I really know it was a scam!!!

Rob August 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I have also received calls from this same individual with a phone number of 209-249-8208. He told me the same thing he said in many of the above comments. I knew he was blowing smoke but I called the AG office in my state and their advice was to ignore them and they will move on to someone else. These calls are very frightening and I hope these rats can be caught and stopped.

Dina August 17, 2010 at 7:10 am

On August 14, 2010 I was contacted by a law office titled “Law Group of California” stating that an outstanding payday loan with “US Cash” has been sent to their law office for collection. The Law office verified my last 4 digits of my SS# as well as name and asked if I still worked for my employer and did I still bank at my bank. I asked his name and he gave Kevin Smith and I said “SMITH” and you have an accent from over seas. He than put another person on the phone and his name was Sylvester Brown with the same accent. When I questioned, them they got very mad and briefed me and said I would be charged with the following that would also consist of jail time:

1. Violation of Federal Banking Regulations
2. Collection Fraud
3. Theft by Deception

He said that I owed $5,484.87 and that my employer would be notifed and said I should have my attorney contact them as soon as possible or I would be going to jail if my attorney did not contact them by today (August 14th). I told him that I would get back with him and that I would be contacting the Colorado Attorney General’s office on Monday. He said we coulde settle this whole thing for $864.21 today and only today. I told him he would have to wait until Monday, August 16, 2010.

I called my bank and told them about the call and they said that it sounded like a fraud call and not give anyone any information over the phone. I called phone number on Sunday morning and the phone number is not disconnected.

I’ve reported this to the Colorado General’s Office and they are going to check into this and get back with me.

Deena August 18, 2010 at 10:35 am

Interesting. I too have received a total of 14 phone calls from these people today alone at my work place. They did have all of my information as well. I spoke with someone claiming to be Steven Buckner @ 562-286-5279. I also spoke with another individual by the name of Roy Anderson. Neither one of these people spoke English very well and after hanging up on them several times I received a threatening voice mail stating “In less than 24 hrs. we will have your local federal investigation team pick you up from work or home and bring you to the court house”, they also stated “we will make sure nobody will save you, you can call your local attorney generals office or police department they cannot help you”. I immediately looked them up on-line and found this website in addition to several others that pertained to the same company and its ludacris claims. I called the numbers that other people had listed above for this “Steven McDonald” and conveniently enough they were both disconnected. I called back Steven Buckner and proceeded to read the text in this website aloud to him. He hung up nearly half way through and interestingly enough… that number is now invalid.

David Gray August 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I also received a phone call today at work and I am a federal government employee. I was told I was being charged with:
1. Violation of Federal Banking Regulations
2. Collection Fraud
3. Theft by Deception
The person who contacted me was: Sylvester Brown as well as his manager, Adam Woods at 760-284-1401 ext. 110. He demanded the attorney fees they were seeking would be $5,000 and if my attorney did not contact them by today he would be issuing a subpoena to Arrest me for the above charges. He then stated that he would have his “investigative team” “pick me up at my place of work” this Monday the 23rd of August. I tried calling the phone number back and asked to speak with Adam Woods, he was put on the line and I questioned him to see how I can resolve “this issue”. He put me on hold however I could hear in talking in the background that sounded Arabic. After approximately 5 minutes they hung up with no response to me.
I have contacted my bank to freeze my accounts and was told I have numerous hits on my account. My bank is currently researching the situation and I will be contacting my lawyer this evening.

Candi August 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I received the same threatening call today that I was being charged with 1. Violation of Federal Banking Regulations 2. Collection Fraud 3. Theft by Deception and that the authorities would pick me up at home or work tomorrow morning. The man with a thick indian accent, loud background noise and an echo knew my address, place or employement and OLD banking account information. I called back and asked for the name of the company and was told “I don’t know, what’s your name”. I hung up….I live in WI and will definitely be filing something with the Attorney general, FTC or someone. I was told to call back 209-812-0703 and ask for Kathy Martin and to return the call the second I received it….This is scary!!

Charles Pintner August 23, 2010 at 10:44 am

On Thursday 8/19/2010 i received a call from 562-286-5279. although they would not say who they represented they did say I owed $8000 to a payday loan company i did not do buisness with. They left messages on my cell, and home but got a hold of me at work. They said i was being charged with fraud, finally got a name steven wagner at extention 306. I have received no written notification. Their warning on the message was if I disregard this message I can only wish you good luck.
On Saturday received another call but from a different area code, asking me to confirm my address because I was going to be arrested? I hung up.

Kaycee Minnick August 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

I was told by these people, (with foreign accents as well) that I was a prime suspect in a case for money laundering. They said I took somepayday loan from a company called US Cash, and that they were the Law Group of California. The man’s name was “Jack Lawson” What was weird was some foreign girl called me first, when I started getting angry about her threatening me about getting arrested, when she wouldnt even tell me what I need money for, she said ” I will put the police officer on the phone” Then “Jack Lawson” gets on the phone, I ask if he’s an officer and he said “No, Im a paaralegal” He reads this affadavit to me stating that I am in trouble for fraud, and money laundering. Then he says my bill would come to 8484.87. That needed to be paid in front of a judge, but because this was an oversight and this was the first I had heard of this “case”, he would contact his “client” to see if he could grant me a settlement. He also mentioned something called an OOCR?? Not sure what that is, but he claimed he could file this OOCR due to defamation of character? Not sure what that meant. So he puts me on “hold” to call his “clients”, I could hear everyone in the background, and they were all talking in some middle eastern accent. While I was holding, I googled what information I had, and ended up hanging up the phone, as I found one person had posted something similar stating that this was a scam. “Jack” tried calling me back several times, but I let him leave messages. He sternly warned that I should NOT ignore this message, or I would be going to jail. I called him back and told him I had been in contact with the BBB, I filed a report with the FTC and Attorney General’s office. I didnt let him get a word in edge wise. I told him if he contacted me again, I would sue him personally and that two police officers would not be at my front door, but his. The number they called from was 559-823-5337. I called the number today and it is still working. The police need to get to wherever this number is registered to and arrest these bastards! I want justice on this! I had to close my bank accounts, put a watch on my SSN, it has taken time out of my work, and my private life.

Elienne Anoriscat September 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I just recieved a call from these people and they had my full SS#. When I told the guy I was a lawyer he got upset and hung up. He called from the number 5598235337. Is there anyway I could ensure that these people will not misuse my information?

Nancy September 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

I was contacted by someone who said they were an investigator with Law Group of California on September 4th. I asked his name and he just stated he was an investigator. Had all my personal information including SS# and stated he would have me arrested if I didn’t pay back a loan. I asked who the company was that I allegedly owed and he said he would tell me once I paid. I told him by law he had to send this alleged debt to me in writing. He then got mad and told me I better get an attorney and hung up. The number he called from was 408-837-0495. This is scary because they do have a lot of my personal information. I am glad to hear I am not alone on this.

Pam September 7, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I just rec’d a call from (559)823-5337. I live in northern CA. This sent chills down my spine. They have so much info on me including names of a family member & and friend. I just happened to look them up online and came across this web site. I am much relieved they are being looked into.

Nicole September 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm

COMPANY: LAW GROUP OF CALIFORNIA
ATTORNEY: JACK LAWSON
PHONE#: 408-837-0495
PAYDAY LOAN COMPANY: US CASH
PENALTY CHARGES: $8000/CHECK FRAUD/FORGERY/LAUNDERING
I received a call today to get ‘information about my case’, when asked what case I was transferred to a ‘Jack Lawson’ who claimed to be an attorney (who had a heavy accent….obviously not a Jack Lawson). He immediately began with threats. He stated Federal charges were being filed today against me for forgery, check fraud, money laundering and tampering. He kept saying I will be paying $8000. They had my social security#, bank acct #, old work info, friend’s name….but refused to give me any ‘concrete’ info. He said I was due in court on Friday morning (today is Wednesday afternoon), Id be served a subpoena on Fri morning by Federal Agents @ my work to be humiliated, my employer would be told ‘what type of person’ he had working for him & halled off in handcuffs. Id be brought in front of my judge (he refused the judge’s name) where I WOULD BE found guilty, taken to Federal Prison & ordered to pay $8000. He finally said I got $ from US Cash but thats all he said. I asked the date & amt of the deposit, he said March 2010….thats it. When I began getting irrate & pounding him with questions he started shouting over me to hire an attorney, I am going to prison & I will be paying $8000. Little did this Jack know I DO have an attorney, who I called immediately, he said he will look into all of it. I called my bank & verified I hadnt used that account in over 2 years & they had no contacts from attorneys/officials. I called Jack back with my attorney’s info but he said his name doesnt matter so I threw a few choice words at him & hung up. I just filed Bankruptcy which has been discharged but knowing that Ive applied for payday loans online in the past I was worried I had missed something. I called every US Cash I could find online till I reached a company who told me theyd been receiving alot of calls like this recently & its a scam. I kept looking & found this site. THANK GOODNESS….my stomach is no longer in my throat. Thank you for this site!!!

Kayla Carter September 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm

I was just contacted by a Law Group saying they were taking me to court. I am only 19 years old and was scared out of my mind! Yet the thing that stayed in my head was 1) I stay in Texas. 2) They did not send me anything in the mail, and was calling me a day before im suppose to be “arrested”. The guy had me write out a letter I am suppose to fax it tomorrow morning. I am thrilled I did research before sending them my tuition money. I don’t know what step to take from here, I am still scared. Please help!!

BJ October 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I got a phone call today from 559-823-5337 and the man had a very thick middle eastern accent and was very threatening to me when I wouldn’t give him what he wanted. I then hung up on him and he called back a few more times and then left a threatening voicemail. I did call my bank and am in the process of changing my account. Not sure how much of my info they had but what they did have was enough to scare me.

Keri-Anne October 12, 2010 at 6:56 am

Brandon Watson, 559 823 5337, claiming to be an attorney from the Law Group of California. Stating I owed money for an Online Payday Loan- SCAMMERS.
They called me last night around 9pm to tell me I owed a debt and that I will be sued for $8000 plus the fees to go to court. Then they said I was being charged with identity theft, money laundering, and fraud. I already spoke to my attorney last night and this morning, they are bogus people and almost gave me a heart attack. They have all my information, my SSN, My house address, cell #. house number my work number, my boss’ name and his contact number as well as family members numbers. I am filing a police report for it as well as one for identity theft since this is now an on going thing. Beware they are not real attorneys and have no claim against you. They threatened me and swore at me, they told me I was going to have an FBI agent arrest me. I am a veteran of the US Army, I have a pretty good knowledge of the law and especially of my rights. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY MORE INFORMATION! They are scammers. They even called me again at 2 am to try and harass me.

Rose Taddeo October 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm

My husband called me at work irate about a company that had called demanding payment for a payday loan. We did have one loan but it was paid in full directly from our account. They claimed to be from the Law Group of California. A gentlemen named Joseph Matthew was the one who called. I told my husband to tell them I would call them when I got home- because I handle the bills and know the information. The gentlemen told him that if he didn’t settle the debt right then he would issue a subpoena and that we would have to go to court and end up paying over $10,000 in fines. He told them then take us to court. I called when I got home and asked to speak to Joseph. He got on the phone and asked how he could me. I told him who I was and why I was calling. He said the same thing he told my husband and then I replied that any loans we had are paid. He replied I don’t believe that or they wouldn’t have sent you to us. I asked him the information of his company. He gave me the name again and I asked who had sent us to them and he said US Cash. I told him we never had a loan with them and that I thought his company was not legit because he would not give me the company address. He told me to have my lawyer contact him. So I said ok I will and I want your information to give to him. He hung up!

Do not fall for this at all!

Rose

Lia October 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

I have received a call from Charles White today who is threatening that I will be picked up by officers on Friday (today is Weds) for a bounced check that I wrote to a payday loan place on the internet. I asked for their address and they refused to give it to me. I looked on the BBB website and found this address that corresponds with the phone number they called me from: 1365 Chula Vista Ave, Big Creek, CA 93605 – PH # (559) 823-5337. It is very scary, but seems very shady since they will not provide any details about the debt or offer any options outside of court, jail, or immediate payment. At one point they even told me that payment was not an option and then later in the conversation told me I could pay over $800 today. I have reported them to the BBB, Washington State Attorney General’s Office, and the FTC. It is scary because they have personal information and they are getting it from somewhere.

rahman October 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I got a phone call from Sylvester Brown, claiming the same thing everyone else experienced. After arguing with him I googled his supposed “law group” and saw your sight. I contacted the attorney like you said and then I called him back armed with your information. After yelling at him and telling him about my phone call and your website, and telling him not to call me again or my job, he said okay and hung up.

Michele Ortiz October 26, 2010 at 3:34 pm

This just happened to me as well. I could not understand the people’s name since they all had foriegn accents but the phone number was 661-532-8202. Just like the above they read an affidavidt saying I was being charged with:
1. Violation of Federal Banking Regulations
2. Collection Fraud
3. Theft by Deception
He demanded the attorney fees they were seeking would be $8,000 and if my attorney did not contact them by Friday he would be issuing a subpoena to Arrest me for the above charges. He then stated that he would have his “investigative team” “pick me up” if my attorney did not contact him today. What was really scary is he knew my work and home addresses, bank account numbers, etc. I have never even hear of US Cash.

Roselyn October 29, 2010 at 6:57 am

I received a phone call yesterday at 615pm from a Indian gentleman (I am assuming due to the accent) from phone number 909-446-3023. He claimed that I took out a payday loan from united cash loans, which I had not payed back and the company has decided to sue me for fraudulent information. I have in the pass taking out payday loans but know that I have payed them back due to the large fees. When I proceeded to ask when this loan was taking out and for how much, the guy began screaming at me stating, I should know when I took out the loan. He proceeded to tell me the last four digits of my social security number and told me that I will be picked up by the local police from my place of business which he did know as well. when I asked to speak to someone else due to his unprofessional matter, he put me on hold and someone else came on the line and was even more irate. I asked for his name and the law firms name, he told me the attorneys name was Roy Anderson with the Law Group of California. After they hung up on me, I called back and asked for the attorneys bar number and they refused to give it to me. After much distress about this I have called the nyc court system in which i was told I do not have any pending cases. I also called the attorney general office to find out if there is such a lawyer and was told that there are three lawyers with such names; 2 of which he did not have info for because the were lawyers prior to the 1980′s and the other one was suspended from practicing. I also called united cash loans to find out if they have me in there system as owing money to them and was told that I don not and that they have received many of calls from people in my same situation. I asked if there system was hacked into because these criminals did have all my personal information and was told that they hadn’t. I am very concerned that all my personal information is floating around in the hands of criminals and no one knows how they have obtained.

Kay December 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

My wife called me in tears today. She was at our business and had received a call from an lawyer at this phone number 760-453-0184 stating she was going to be hauled away to jail in three days. She had told them her husband would be calling them and I did. The woman who answered the phone did not speak clear english so I asked three times what was the name of the law office she was with and still didn’t get it. This just made her mad. I told her she was not being very professional and asked to speak with this Jack Lawson. He clearly was a foreigner and when I asked for more specfic info he had none. He gave me the same bs he used on the other people here. I told them I meet them at the door and my attorney would be contacted. Glad I found this site but I worry about any personal information they might have and use. Someone needs to do something about these leaches.

Shawna December 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I have received all these same calls on my cell and my work phone. The number I have to call back is 760-933-5410 ext 616. They said I owed 600 to US Cash but would settle for 1200 and I said no so they were having their private investigator pick me up and throw me in jail and I would owe over 8000 dollars. I could not understand them well, they could not say my name correctly they also were going to have relatives of mine arrested they said. I do have 4 numbers they gave me but not on me right now. These people need to go down.

Maxie December 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

I received the same call but from somone named Mike Smith from CA law Group demanding money regarding a payday loan i did not pay or i just paid the interest and nonthing on the loan and if i did not pay i will be subpoena to Arrest me. i got scared and sent them my information and paid $500 which they said i could settle by paying $950.00. after i slept on it i tryed to call them back the next morning and the number was nit in service 760-453-0397. i called my bank an closed my account out and also started a claim to get my money returned. they tried calling me back again to get the balance i told them i would not pay and asked why did they number changed could not give me a answer they called back 10 times that day. 12/24/10.

Rod December 30, 2010 at 7:46 am

I too received a call yesterday from law firm called Law Group of California (760-453-0184), accusing me of the same thing. A gentleman by the name of Sean Smith (heavy accent) claimed that I owed US Cash and will issue the subpoena to arrest me. He then transfer me to the agent who is handling my case (Keith Nelson, same heavy accent) who provided me the information as to how I can pay my debt ($975). I told them that I cannot pay them until Monday. Thank goodness that I found this website.. I will be calling them armed with this informations..

Karan December 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm

My son, 24 have been receiving calls from a company called Law Group of California stating that he owes money for a pay day loan. He has never received a pay day loan. They were trying to gather his account number and have him submit a payment to him. He did not give me his name, but it was a gentle with a very “thick East Indian” accent. When I told him that I was an attorney, he asked for my bar number, which I refused to give. He then hung up. This is a scam and I will contact the Attorney General’s office immediately!

Karan December 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

My son, 24 have been receiving calls from a company called Law Group of California stating that he owes money for a pay day loan. He has never received a pay day loan. They were trying to gather his account number and have him submit a payment to him. He did not give me his name, but it was a gentle with a very “thick East Indian” accent. When I told him that I was an attorney, he asked for my bar number, which I refused to give. He then hung up. This is a scam and I will contact the Attorney General’s office immediately! The phone number he gave me was 760-566-6084. He is kalso calling my son’s job, which is illegal.

LaTonya McNair January 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Today, I received my 4th call from these people threating to serve a supeona. Ha Ha! I admitt, I freaked out a little. they had me going but my bank had my back. This site is awsome! thanks for giving me conformation to what I already knew in my gutt. I’m calling the # from above right now.

sue patterson January 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I also was contacted by a man with a accent.He told me I applied for a loan withUS Cash Advance.When I ask him what the amount was.He did not know.I tried to tell him I did apply for a few loans but I never went thru with anyof them and he didnt want to hear anything I had to say.Other than that I was very scared.I have alot going on my mom had a sevire stroke and I take care of my 20 year old daughter.She has cerbal palsey.So I dont have time for these kinds of scams .I sure hope they catch them.Before they hurt another person.any things you think I should say or do when they call back please advise is very much needed

PL January 15, 2011 at 4:38 am

On January 13th I got 4 repeated calls on my cell phone from phone # 760-666-7043. I didn’t pick up because I was at work & on the phone. The guy left me a voice mail but with his thick indian accent, I could only make out bits and pieces of what he said on the voice mail. From what I can make out, he said I had to call him back immediately due to the matter being time sensitive & that if I didn’t call or have my Lawyer call that the only thing he could do was wished me a good luck. Anyway, I called the number back and spoke to someone there who also had a thick indian accent. He had my name & last digits of my social security number. When I ask what the call was for, he said that his client who was with American Lending was sueing me for an unpaid debt of $430 that I had not paid. I told him, “since you have the last digits of my social security number, you should also have my mailing address. Please send me everything you are claiming now all in writing or go ahead & serve me.” He got mad & hung up. I wasn’t afraid because I knew I had never dealt with American Lending but I definitely feel violated because he had my information!

Regina C January 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I too have been a victim of what may be the same company repeatedly calling and harrassing me from (760) 652-9085, a guy with a heavy accent and a lady who spoke clearer english They said I was being sued for a payday loan. I asked for proof of the debt as I don’t recall any recent payday loans and hadn’t had an active checking account in over 10yrs, well beyond any California statute of limitations, they just said I’d be served papers for court being held this Friday. I told them I’d have an attorney contact them, the lady said to have my “criminal” attorney call at that moment. I told her I’d gladly go to court and requested info on the courthouse, but she would only tell me that the “investigative unit” would pick me up and “escort” me to court. I told her I wasn’t going ANYWHERE with ANYBODY without a warrant, as I can drive myself. She insisted this wasn’t possible and I must admit I was quite scared these past few days until I found multiple sites reporting the same problem with the same people but because they have all my info I’m still a bit worried. Oh how i wish my cell phone could record these calls because that’s just what I’d do. I’m more than willing to go to court, but to testify against these vultures if they’re ever caught!!

Carol January 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

Thank God I found this web site. I have been receiving calls from a Sean Smith at 760-935-3936 claiming to be from CA Law Group and when I tried to get information he said that his investigators would be at my job Monday and then Wednesday to take me to court. He has a very thick accent and I to am afraid that they will use my info to defraud me. What steps do I take to protect myself?

Michelle February 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I am posting this as the company calling is now saying it is the First State AttorneyOffiece of CA. They told me I was being charged with multiple counts of fraud. When I started to ask more questions, “Joe Brown” began to yell at me with a very strong accent. I let him know he used terms incorrectly and I would have to be served in writting if these charges were true. He began to yell at me and told me I was going to jail-he then hung up on me. They continued to call through out the day. I did not answer, hoping they would leave a message.The phone number used was 1-760-851-0932. I could not get any other information from them.

Nichole E February 8, 2011 at 11:17 am

Hey i also recieved a phone call saying all this mess about a pay day loan from Steven MacDonals from Law Group of California # 760-383-1481 about a balance owe from US Cash he repeated me my social my email address and when i took out the loan ( which i didnt) in november and i owe 800 dollars or i”ll be going to court just a whole bunch of mess…. i feel better knowing that it all a scam.

Matthew E June 25, 2011 at 11:49 am

Complain to the “BBB, FTC and Attorney General’s office”??

Screw that!

They called you and threatened to accuse you of a crime or damage your reputation?

There’s a name for that crime. It’s called extortion, and it’s a federal crime – a felony that carries a 2 year sentence. Call the police.

They called and threatened you with forcible detention? There’s a name for this crime too. It’s called a kidnapping threat, and it’s a federal crime – a felony that carries a twenty-year sentence. Call the police. I’d consider calling the FBI and 911.

Personally, if they ever called me, I’d LEAD THEM ON as if they were scaring me, and in that way be confident I was getting real contact information. I’d start recording the call, as evidence of a crime, without telling ‘em (normally, recording phone calls secretly is illegal). I’d say all I had was some cash and ask if I could I pay in installments, and offer to bring money to them or better yet, say they could pick it up. If they agreed to come pick it up, I’d call 911. What police officer won’t want a collar that involves merely picking up a crook who’s agreed to be at a specific place at a specific time? And if they wouldn’t come, I’d tell ‘em I was going to arrest him and bring him in myself.

Source:
18 U.S.C. 875

http://uscode.house.gov/uscode-cgi/fastweb.exe?getdoc+uscview+t17t20+517+0++%28%29%20%20AN

IANAL. Yet.

big al May 10, 2013 at 9:33 am

i have been getting calls everyday at work but i will not anwser if i don’t know the number and sometimes it’s a client and i miss the call because of this, i listen to my voice mail and if it’s them i get neverous.

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