Threatening 'loan' calls exposed as fraud

Threatening 'loan' calls exposed as fraud

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by BILL MCGINTY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 5:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you are getting harassing phone calls from people saying they are from the “Law Firm of Dallas” at the number 214-491-5780, the FBI says you should say, “I know this is a scam and I am reporting your number.”

NBC Charlotte has heard from dozens of people who are getting these calls, in which they say, you still owe money from an old loan. This is also called the “Payday Loan Ruse.”

The amounts you “owe” vary, but usually fall between $275 and $400.  These callers usually speak with a foreign accent and sounds on the line lead receivers to believe the call is originating in a foreign country.

If they tell you they are in Dallas and if they give you an address, please know they are giving you actual places, but they are not calling from there. NBC Charlotte called this number back five times and told them we were reporting them to the authorities.

As soon as we identified ourselves as reporters, they yelled at us and hung up.

Colleen Moss, Supervisory Special Agent of Cyber Crime here at the Charlotte field office of the FBI, said, “Do not give them credit card information and do not wire them money.”

These callers are very aggressive and are telling people they will be sued or arrested if they do not pay.

Outside of hanging up on them, you can report the call to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3 by clicking this link http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx.

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