|I recieved a call at my place of employment from a man claiming to be an Officer Frank Harris from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation stating he was calling in regards to a complaint against my name and social security number from Cash Advance USA. He said in order to resolve this urgent matter I had to verify my personal information, agree to speak with the billing department, agree to provide my debt information, and pay the amount of the cash advance.|
There were two major problems with this call....one I have NEVER recieved a cash advance from this or any other company in my life and two what criminal investigation agency has a billing department? None!
Well of course I did not agree to give my information but as I tried to inquire more information about this suspected claim the man became very nasty and said, "I'm an officer and you need to watch how you speak to me. If you are unwilling to cooperate then I will call your job and place you under arrest".....as you can guess that never happened.
Because I was so upset and disturbed by this call I filed a complaint with my local police department.
A few days later I received another call at work from a man claiming to be Eric from the Law Office of Steven Paterson stating the same facts as the first call. Again, when I refused to provide them with my personal information and started inquiring information from them, the man became nasty and told me if I could not cooperate then I would be brought to caourt on behalf of Cash Advance USA. For the most part this call played out the same as the first call, but one interesting thing was the number I was given to contact them at was different than what showed up on caller ID....two totally different states for that matter! one even being a calling card...odd!
After arguing with this man over the fact that I have NEVER had a cash advance, I adviced him to stop calling my job and that I had made a complaint to local athorities. At this time the man said "stop calling this company" and hung up on me.
I also reported this to my local police department under my first complaint.
Once again a couple days later the same people called my job from an unavailable number this time. I was not at work this day, but was given a courtesy call by a co-worker informing me of the call. This prompted me to try and contact this company via the phone numbers I had recieved from the first two calls. Again, my calls played out the same as the first two calls except this time one of the people I talked to knew alot of personal information of mine (address, phone #, date of birth)....this did not settle well with me.
After, ending my call with the comapny in question I called the FBI and made a complaint. I told them because this company seemed to be steeling people's persoanl information and commiting fraud, I felt a complaint was necessary. The FBI agent I spoke with told me they would screen the phone numbers and company thru a data base to see if there are similar complaints.....we will see what happens from here, but for now I hope this information helps other people. Good luck to all!
Just a side note.....I noticed in similar complaints on Ripoff Reports in regards to Cash Advance USA people did not inquire with them, but rather put an inquary with Lending Tree.....sounds like a leek too me!