Threatening Phone Calls, Some at the Workplace

Lately, "Baby" the family bird has been tapping on the laptop. The kids say he's warning them about using the computer.

Ever since Melissa Engeseth clicked on a pop up ad for a low interest loan, she's been getting a string of annoying phone calls from crooks.

The caller says, "Return the call, Melissa. Return the call!"

Melissa says the area code shows the calls are coming from Los Angeles, California, but authorities believe they orginate oveseas.

They threaten you, saying you owe them money and if you don't pay up, you'll be picked up by police and dragged to the courthouse steps.

Melissa says, "It's no worse than a playground bully really, you know shaking you down for your lunch money. Eventually he's going to get somebody who's afraid of him... that's going to give him money."

Melissa isn't the only we've heard from when it comes to these calls. I've talked to several others, even someone who works here at KKTV is getting these kind of sinister calls here at the station.

They bother you at your workplace because they know this is the last place you want to be singled out. They're hoping you give them money just to go away.

Melissa says, "Don't get sucked in, don't let these
people intimidate you into giving them anything."

Melissa's right. You don't have to talk to these thieves. Hang up on them.
What makes it tough... you can't ignore calls coming into the workplace... So your co workers will have to be patient.

We talked to the company, Cash Advance because the crooks are using that name but it's not the same company you see here.

Cash Advance doesn't give payday loans, it never threatens people over the phone, it simply connects customers with lenders.

Bottom line, be patient and keep hanging up.
Some have had these calls blocked, but the crooks simply change numbers and keep calling.
Because they aren't operating in the U.S., local police can't go after them.

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  • by GUILLERMO SUAREZ Location: BRADENTON, FL 3205 on Jan 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM
    Senior Citizens. Crooks are after your savings. United Couriers and Global International Sweepstakes and lottery Inc will entagle you in a scam,telling you won a large prize on a sweepstakes but to claim it you need to pay some small fees that may ammount to one million dollars. Winsome Gossett, Michael Benetton, George Williams, George Shaw, Charles Mathews, Erica Johnson Russell call you not less than ten times/day and send you emails, requesting a last of the last fee, which never ends, before you get your prizes. In my case, I lost over $ 500,000.00 for a prize of $ 2,5 million dollars but I have never received any of the promised prizes. They are professional Con Artist and very convincing. When you refuse to pay any more fees, you start receiving threatening phone calls telling you that they would invade your home, killing you, your wife and every one living at your house. They operate from Toronto, with ramifications to most of the US territory, Jamaica, Australia and Europe. Those two organizations are the master minds of all the killings in Mexico, Central and South America, by exchanging heavy guns for opium, cocaine exetera, that they distribute among the kingpins, MAKING MILLIONS. I have reported them to the BBB, FTC, FBI, INTERPOL and the local law enforcement agencies, but they are still in business. Guillermo Suarez, M. D
  • by Anonymous Location: colorado springs on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:02 PM
    BEWARE of a man calling from "hoffman and associates" out of Florida he is very good at being a crook. Claiming my husband owes 338 dollars for a cash advance loan over the internet. If we didnt settle before court on friday we would then owe 3800.00 dollars. The scary thing is he had all our info including bank info. I have changed accounts and reported to credit reporting. This man Justin White called again and my husband told him we had a police officer at our house "Justin" said had a good day and hung up. Stupid people. Protect yourself and your family from these crooks!!!!!!
  • by Gerlald Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 6, 2011 at 09:50 AM
    I just receive a call like this reported on KKTV 11. If I hadn't seen you report I would of wondered what it was all about. Thanks.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    "Legitimate" bill collectors do the same, look up "Portfolio Recovery Associates". They've been going after me for years for debt that's over 10-years-old and it's my ex's debt, not mine!! And they have a LONG list of numbers they call from!
  • by hi on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:26 AM
    I have been getting these calls for months now ever since we applied for a car loan....sometimes the caller will ask me what I am wearing or If I want to do dirty things :( I have contacted the police and there was nothing they could do but to tell me to hang up on them (which I do) and these people will call ALL hours of the day!!!
  • by *evil eye* on Dec 6, 2011 at 12:05 AM
    THese people called me for a year, called my job, called my friends, it was so aweful!!!! I called the police and had to change all my account information
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