Based on calls to my office, existing clients and some research there are a few numbers you need to watch for on your caller ID:
1. 347-772-2135 – this is the number that comes up in the fake police scam I wrote about earlier today.
2. 877-498-1496 – this number is for a company that calls itself Check and Credit Reporting, Inc. They are not listed with the NY Secretary of State, where they claim to be based.
3. 888-900-3120 – this company is called Regional Arbitration Services. They are based out of NY, or Ontario, Canada or Colorado. They appear to be a debt collector, but have threatened to have people arrested.
If you get a call from one of these numbers, tell them that you will not take any calls, get the name of the person you spoke to, and obtain an address where you can send correspondence. They typically will not give you an address. Then talk to an attorney about your rights.
If you have phone numbers that you think need to be added to this list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can look into those as well.