Nick called and said my father in law had a bill that was from 2006 from Beneficial. He said the bill was 20k, but they would settle for 10k, we said we couldn’t pay that amount. They came down to 4K and said we could make payments. Once we said we would not pay, the amount was down to 4K. We said no and they said they would take us to court and hung up the phone.
Meghan – Oct 27, 2020
Victim Location 98391
Total money lost $4,761.17
Type of a scam Debt Collections
I received several calls stating that the person calling was Bobby Newton; a process server for the courts, and I was supposed to call a number regarding collection of a debt incurred well over 12 years ago. He left a voice message that stated that he would serve me a summons to appear in court for a lawsuit the next day unless I called the following number: 888-732-9019 of the Gregory Law Firm in Los Angeles, CA He gave me a case# . After that he called my wife’s cell and gave her the same message. He called again the next day threatening to file the lawsuit to the court because I had not contacted the lawyer’s office as was requested. He stated that he was moving forward with serving me and that he was coming in the afternoon. He had knowledge of my address. I decided to call the Attorney’s office and find out what the debt was and what was needed to stop the server from coming to my home. I spoke with a rep from the firm named Matt (never heard his last name.) He was extremely demanding that I pay the settlement amount that day and offered to email a letter that he said was sent to me previously on January 16, 2020. I told him I never received any such correspondence. He emailed a copy of the supposed letter stated the case#, the original creditor, the debt validation social security number, and the demand for a settlement amount. After seeing the letter, I felt pressured into pay the settlement account in the amount of $4,761.71. My wife applied that amount to her credit card that had a credit balance to it. It had not been used for some time.
The transaction was validated, and we received a release of liability stating the settlement had been paid in full. After making that payment, we felt unsure that we did the right thing. My wife did some checking with the ScamPulse.com and did not find any listing of the firm. Then she did a Google search to the listed address of the firm and found that it did not exist. The next day she called the credit company to which we applied the settlement, to see if that transaction could be stopped. Unfortunately, she was told it had processed and there was nothing they could do to remedy the situation. The following day she called again to say we had been scammed and that we wanted the account to be closed so no further charges could be applied to that account.