Update On Bogus Collections Efforts

by Alan Mansfield on September 9, 2010

As additional comments come in, which now appears to be almost daily, I am posting them so that people can share their experiences.   Also I am forwarding them on to the San Diego City Attorneys’ Office, who is investigating these claims.  If you would please indicate if it is OK if the investigator in charge may contact you to ask questions or verify information. 

Many times you find this page after this happens to you, in which case put down all you can remember — since as you can see the pattern is the same.  But if you find this beforehand, it is helpful to keep track of who called you and from what number, ask for them to send you something in writing, ask from whom they are getting this personal information about you, ask if they have your Social Security Number, and ask for the specifics on the alleged debt at issue — when it was established, and from whom and for precisely what amount.  Many times these basic inquiries stop the call, but this is information you are entitled to and will help on the investigation. 

Again I am sorry for the concerns you all have, and we are working with the appropriate authorities to see what we can do.  The more information you can provide the more it helps.  In addition, you may want to contact the Identity Theft Resource Center and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse to ask them about what you can do to protect   your information.  Both are non-profit well respected organizations who help consumers in these types of situations.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Paz November 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I received a call from a group called Lawgroup of California. They stated I had a on line cash loan that has been referred to them. They said they were going to file a claim in New Mexico against me for check fraud, federal law for non payment of cash loan, and stolen money. I explained to them I didn’t know what they were talking about and they said they were referred by US Cash loans. I had until Tuesday to respond or they would file this lawsuit. I spoke with a Andy Barker(Officer) as well as Jack Lawson (ATTY). I explained my situation about my account being hit by fraud, and I was unaware of this. Mr. Lawson requested that I settle out of court and to fax over a letter and he told me what to say in this letter.

Regina C January 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I too have been threatened and harrassed many times a day by these people (760) 652-9085 about a payday loan, which not only do I not recall, but if I did take one out it was well over 10yrs ago when I last had a checking account, beyond any California statute of limitations as I told them. I was told my name & social security number were going to be involved in a lswsuit and I’d be served papers any day and court is this Friday (I’m waiting). The lady told me to have my “criminal” attorney call her when I said I’d be taking the matter to an attorney. I asked for proof of this debt, nothing was offered to be forthcoming. When I stated I would attend court and attempted to get the courthouse info, the lady said don’t worry about that because the “investigative unit” would pick me up and “escort” me to court. She insisted that I wouldn’t be allowed to drive myself. I told her I was not going ANYWHERE with ANYBODY, I’d drive myself as I live in California too.
The lady who speaks clearer English told me the company was called “Legal Network”, but when I called the number back after she hung up on me because I wanted court info to attend court & she wasn’t going to “argue” with me, it was answered by a man with a heavy accent who said the company name was “Law Group of California”. A goggle of “Legal Network” brings a legal job placement agency, lol. And a google of Law group of California brings “Consumer Law Group of California”… Good Luck to us all from these vultures who are trying to prey on us while our state and its people are already deeply in debt.

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