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BBB issues warning about phony debt collectors

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NATIONAL (WTVM) - The Better Business Bureau is issuing a national alert about phony debt collectors.

The scammers say that are lawyers with the "Financial Accountability Association" or the  "Federal Legislation of Unsecured Loans".

The BBB adds these scammers have an alarming amount of personal information - possibly the result of a recent data breach.

They have the victim's social security number, bank account or driver's license numbers, home addresses, employer information and even names of friends and other references.

These scammers seem to be targeting those who have previously used payday loan services.

The scammers are calling from the following numbers and many others:

949-468-5107
415-200-0274
415-200-0274
213-784-5745
408-715-1614

BBB offers the following advice to consumers if they receive a suspicious telephone call about an outstanding debt:

  • Ask the debt collector to provide official documentation which substantiates the debt.
  • Do not provide or confirm any bank account, credit card or other personal information over the phone until you have confirmed the legitimacy of the call.
  • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online if the caller is abusive, uses threats or otherwise violates federal telemarketing laws.
  • File a complaint with BBB online if you believe a debt collector is trying to scam you.


Source: BBB.org

For more information on this scam, check out the BBB's website.

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