See this recent posting from the FBI website . DO NOT give these criminals any money. This is a SCAM. Telephone Collection Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans. The IC3 receives a high volume of complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams.
In these scams, a caller claims that the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences. The callers purport to be representatives of the FBI, Federal Legislative Department, various law firms, or other legitimate-sounding agencies.
They claim to be collecting debts for companies such as United Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Net, and other Internet check cashing services.
So what to do about harassing phone calls from check cashers? Here are three steps to not getting scammed on the internet by one of these recent phone call frauds. First, don’t give them any of your personal information.These people are trying to get you to tell them private information, so they can use it against you later. Don’t give them anything.
Second, make sure you look them up online and ask for specific information about them. Don’t just make this about you. It’s important to verify exactly who you are talking to, and where they are calling you from. Be patient and take your time when you research these companies. Look for holes in their arguments. Third, if it sounds suspicious, it probably is, plain and simple.