August 21, 2008

AG’s Office Warns of Fake Debt Collectors

A group of suspected crooks pretending to be debt collectors and police are targeting consumers, the West Virginia attorney general's office said.

The scammers hound people at home and work and sometimes threaten them with arrest if money is not paid them, ABC News reported Thursday.

West Virginia Assistant Attorney General Norman Googel said the scammers operate under names such as U.S. National Bank, Federal Investigation Bureau and United Legal Processing.

Googel said the alleged scammers have also invoked God, telling victims that "only God can help you now."

Authorities say they believe the group has secured consumers' Social Security numbers and other personal information stolen from Internet payday lending sites.