(Updated)Beware of Phony Creditor Calls Asking for Payment
There is a new and very ugly scam being perpetrated upon hundreds if not thousands of Americans across the country by low life’s seeking to steal hard earned money and savings from uninformed individuals who are randomly selected by the scammer thieves.
These thieves will call and identify themselves as a creditor who is owed money. They will tell their victims that a police report has been filed for failure to pay their debt and a subpoena will be served upon them in a matter of minutes if they don’t issue payment within 24 hours. The calls will be consistent coming in at all hours of the night and day in the victim’s home and workplace. They will use very threatening language and attempt to intimidate the victim. The alleged creditor will instruct the victim to pay them via a prepaid debit card on by a money gram. The intensity of the scammer’s calls is unrelenting and extremely stressful and that is their strategy.
Once they feel that their victim is terrified and that the victim hasn’t a clue about how credit and collections are actually governed by State and Federal laws they usually will prevail until the victim demands proof of the debt from the alleged creditor or constantly hangs up their phone the moment they hear the scammers voice. For those victims who receive calls at their work place and at home need to file a police report.
Once the police report is filed, victims should call their cell phone provider to find out how they can block the scammers call and they should also call their landline provider for their home and work telephone numbers and explain what is happening and request a trap line be put in place to capture where the calls are coming from.
In almost all instances the scammers use prepaid cell phones that are not traceable but occasionally they slip up and use a landline that can be traced. In order for the trap line to work, the victim will be required to keep a log each and every call they receive with the date and time by their landline provider such as AT&T. The victim will be asked to present their calls received log to the police and their phone provider.
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BIOGRAPHY OF AUTHOR ROBERT MANN
Robert was born in New York and as a youngster moved to California with his family where he now resides. Robert became an ardent reader of suspense novels and cultivated a passion for solving mysteries at a very young age. Twenty-six years ago he founded the Worldwide Intelligence Network which is an accomplished licensed California and New York Private Investigation company. Today his investigative skills encompass a broad range of diverse investigative assignments all presented on his company’s website.
Worldwide Intelligence Network’s investigative assignments have taken Robert around the world where he often worked alongside with associates native to the country where the assignments took him.
Several valued and well-respected prestigious law firms from coast to coast have retained the services of Worldwide Intelligence Network as well as public and private corporations, government agencies such as the County of Los Angeles and the City Attorney of Los Angeles, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Los Angeles. Robert and his team of investigators serve small business owners, multi-national corporations, celebrities, and high-net-worth individuals. Worldwide Intelligence Network is ranked among the “Five Best Private Investigation Companies in America” by Conde Nast Publications.
Culturally savvy and globally-minded; Robert became an expert at interviewing, researching, assessing, writing/editing, and reporting with a keen understanding of the law, evidentiary procedures, and validation of admissible evidence, as well as applicable fraud statues at the State and Local levels.
One of Robert’s most memorable investigations took place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (formally Saigon) where he was retained to conduct an extraordinary challenging and dangerous investigation of his client’s son’s murder. After concluding that investigation and identifying the killers, Robert felt compelled to write a novel “The Assignment” that was published and received excellent reviews.
Robert was continually being asked to provide Bodyguard services by his clients, and thus he acquired a license to offer Bodyguard Services around the world. SOME OF ROBERT’S INVESTIGATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS ARE:
He has saved his insurance company clients hundreds of thousands of dollars by exposing fraudulent claims.
He located millions of dollars of embezzled funds overseas which led to a very favorable settlement.
He prevented an innocent client from being convicted of bribing a Federal Agent; The case was dismissed.
He located two runaway children within hours of their parent's requests.
He exposed a criminal conspiracy perpetrated by father and son upon an elderly woman with a terminal illness. Both were captured and convicted to five years in prison.
He revealed both unfaithful and faithful spouses in hundreds of infidelity assignments.
He identified who stole tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry from an elderly woman with dementia and had that person arrested.
Asked to locate an employee of a law firm who went missing he found out that she had been murdered by her significant other who when confronted by the Los Angeles Police Department, took his life.
Robert personally connects with all of his clients and potential clients to make sure they are presented with the best investigative options and personal protection services. ROBERT MANN’S CREDENTIALS AND AFFILIATIONS
California Private Investigator’s License, 14745
Private Investigator’s License New York, #0311124
California Private Patrol Operator’s License #15757
POST Certified on Background Investigations Course
Member of the California Association of Private Investigators CALI
Qualified Provider of MCLE by The California State Bar
Robert provides Pro Bono Investigative Services to the Public Counsel of Los Angeles.
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