India Call Centers Involved in Phantom Debt Collection Scam

Posted on June 9, 2012

ABC Nightline reports that abusive faux debt collectors from India are harassing Americans. Nightline says the majority of the callers are people who have applied online for payday loans. The fake debt collectors use information from these sites to harass victims and threaten legal action if they don't pay up on debts, which the victims do not owe. FTC chairman Jon Leibowtiz told Nightline the scam is known as the "phantom debt collection scam." The callers also use technology to spoof phone calls to make it appear the calls originate in the U.S. The FTC has a spcecial page about fake debt collectors here. Take a look: