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The email says it’s a court notice from the Bureau of Defaulters Agency-FTC with your arrest warrant record attached. It says you’ve ignored their efforts to contact you, so now your Social Security number is on hold by the federal government, you’ll be prosecuted for fraud, and you’ll owe all kinds of money when you’re found guilty. You’ve got just 24 hours to respond.

It’s not true.

There is no Bureau of Defaulters, and the FTC doesn’t send emails like this to people. Read Government Imposter Scams to learn more about spotting imposters.

If you get an email like this, forward it to spam@uce.gov, then delete it. Don’t click on any attachments or links. Scammers send convincing-looking fake emails with links or attachments they want you to click. When you do, you could download malware onto your computer. If you’re not sure whether an email is real, you can always look up a phone number yourself and contact the court, company, or agency the email claims to be from.

What if you already clicked on the attachment? Follow these steps to get rid of malware. You also can file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint, then visit the FTC’s Identity Theft website. Victims of phishing emails like this could become victims of identity theft, and there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.

The FTC has scam alerts you can sign up for to find out about the latest scams. Go to consumer.ftc.gov and click on Scam Alerts, which include a category for imposter scams like these.

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I received the same email and to call David Rogers @ 773-546-9448 AND they had the police call my phone twice!

Received this court notice today. I didnt open attachments. Looked suspicious. Glad I googled attorney name. Got this site. Seriously considering closing my old email address open new one. Reported to attorney General office and to .gov.

I received the same email I went ahead and called and its was a man with a Indian accent and the weird thing was there was so much static I could not understand him so well his name is Jerry Brown I kept asking who was the pay day company and he said was it's from cash advance america and I kept insisting and he kept saying the same thing but my question how did he get my work email address

I received this email today. I deleted after going through the steps of calling them. They wanted me to wire the money to them western union??? Seriously? I've dealt with payday loans and they take the info over the phone and send a paid in full letter. I called CashNet USA and they stated I have nothing on their files and they don't service my state... hhhmmm... After freaking out and calling lawyers and trying to figure out what this is all about, I figured out the letter never even made note of my name or address. It is really vague... Just letting you all know that we are not to worry. I am confident this is bogus and I hope these people are found and prosecuted for all the stress they cause others. Block the numbers and put it out of mind...

Brandon Walter Attachments11:52 AM (23 hours ago) to bcc: me case file number: - AKLT7845PQS Attention This is the last and final chance for you. This is to inform you that you have a pending matter with the financial company CASH NET USA The outstanding balance is $1283.96 on your name. We tried to contact you but were not able to get hold of you. As you receive this email get back to us very immediately. Do revert back if you want to get rid of these legal consequences and make a payment arrangement today or else we would be proceeding legally against you. And we apologies that this notification will also sent to your current employer. The opportunity to take care of this voluntary is quickly coming to an end. We would hate for you to lose the option of resolving this before it goes to the next step which is a Lawsuit against you, but to do so you must take immediate action. Please find the attach Legal document.

Thanks, Brandon Walter FDIC Legal department. Contact:- 786-955-8951

Yep, same deal here......this man called my cell phone 2 weeks ago. Said he was from the the Federal Bureau of Investigation, building a case against a loan company we used back in 2009. Then, today got the same email threatening arrest and court docs from the above mentioned "fake" establishment for $12,000. Had my spouses SS no#. Really? I hope they find these pieces of filth. Now, have to be concerned with identity theft and account breaches. Great!

I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL YESTERDAY WITH A WARRANT FOR MY ARREST AS STATED ON ANOTHER COMMENT FROM BUREAU OF DEFAULTERS AGENCY - FTC GOING TO COURTHOUSE PLEASE CONTACT WITHIN 48 HRS WITH THEFT BY DECEPTION ( ACC ACT 21A). I AM SO BEWILDERED ONCE BEFORE I SPOKE WITH THESE PEOPLE AND THE MAN GOT REAL ANGRY AT MY COMMENT AND HUNG THE PHONE UP ON ME. I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH A LOT OF PROBLEMS FAMILY AND MY HEALTH AND THIS ADDED STRESS HAS ME BUMMED OUT. I LOOK ON THE INTERNET FOR THE ATTORNEY NAMED SAM WILSON. ALSO IF THERE IS A COURT APPEARANCE THAT SHOULD HAPPEN DON'T LAW OFFICIALS SEND IT IN THE MAIL OR A PROCESSOR? THEY ALSO USE FTC COPYWRIGHT (C) 200 4

A legitimate debt collector must send you a written “validation notice” telling you how much money you owe within five days after they first contact you. The notice has to include the name of the creditor you owe money to, and what you can do if you don’t think you owe the money.

A legitimate debt collector can't say that you will be arrested if you don’t pay your debt. Read this article about your Debt collection rights.

You can report problems you have with a debt collector to your state Attorney General’s office, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

I received one of these emails and I requested the full name of the alleged collection agency address and business license number. Also I ask for the license number of the attorney, as my son is an attorney and I know they are required to have a license with the bar in the state where they practice and the name of the law firm they work for. I have yet to hear back. Fight back with these thieves and demand they prove they are legit. Shuts them down

I received an email from this fake organization and knew it was a scam due to them Attaching arrest warrants to the email as well as not using proper grammar... Granted I have had legitimate loans in the past which were paid off, This people have really got to be stopped!!!

I got one of these emails today. The SSN isn't even mine but the email has my name attached to the notice...should I be worried about identity theft?

There is no Bureau of Defaulters. Any email about a Bureau of Defaulters is a scam.

You can forward the email to spam@uce.gov, and then delete it. Don’t click on any attachments or links. Scammers send convincing-looking fake emails with links or attachments they want you to click. When you do, you could download malware onto your computer.

My favorite part about the phone call and email I recieved was that they're clearly a scam. An Indian sounding sheriff from "Arkansas" told me he had an arrest warrant. Told him he might want to check his state abbreviations before calling people. AK is not Arkansas

Its not even the police that call. Its the same guy. Somehow they get the police department s phone number and use the magic that is computers to make it show up when they call you. Its was the same guy. Hard to disguise that accent and pretend to be white and small town southern.

I just got an email telling me I own 954 dollars and that I have 4 hours to pay or they were gonna arrest me the send me a warranty with no name of me and the same name Attorney General,
Steven Mcclean. Idk Wat to do I'm scare if it's true or not they call me to asking for a money order I told them I'm broke they ask me how much I can do by today I told them 200 they say they can help me and it would stop the warranty I need help Wat should I do

You have rights. Debt collectors aren't allowed to say that:

  • you will be arrested if you don’t pay your debt;
  • they’ll seize, garnish, attach, or sell your property or wages unless they are permitted by law to take the action and intend to do so; or
  • legal action will be taken against you, if doing so would be illegal or if they don’t intend to take the action.

Fore more information, please see: Don’t recognize that debt? Here’s what to do. and our debt collection page.

I received the same email yesterday from the Bureau of Defaulters Agency- FTC Incorporation from Alan Cooper phone number (202) 241-2106. I'm glad I didn't open any attachments and decided to look the information up first before responding. Thank you so much for your help I was really freaking out, I hope they find these people.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I just recently received this email. I was shocked and so worried! I didn't know what to do. But when they said I cannot make a payment online and I would pay by iTunes card $100. Then I started to browse & search online. Then I came to find this website. After reading, I felt so relieved that it's not all true! I am so thankful that I stumbled upon this website!!!!

Steve McClean.gov @         scamed me out of $500.00 claimin to be from speedy cash collection.

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. Give as many details as you have. The information you provide will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

If you used a wire transfer company to send the money, you can also report to that company.

I got the following email. I knew to google this first and this site came up. I've already sent it to spam@uce.gov. SCAM!!!

LEGAL DEPARTMENT FOR DEBT COLLECTION AND BANK FRAUD Bureau of Defaulters Agency - State Attorney General.

FINAL NOTIFICATION NAME: - They had my correct name. SSN: - They had my SSN.

This is your Last and Final chance to settle this case. If you don't take it seriously, we will surely take hard steps against your name and social. And you will be the only person responsible for the legal consequences. Parent Company has authorized us to recover the full amount due on your name. As we put your Social Security Number into our National Checking Database System we found that you have been never charged for a fraud activity & that’s the reason we have decided to give you chance to take care of this issue outside the Court without having a negative report on your Credit History and Social Security Number.

We regret that if we do not receive your response within the next 4 hours, we shall have no alternative, but to take action through your local County Court to recover the amount due together with court charges and legal fees which might cost you approximately $4796.00 If you are not willing to work with us, then very soon the case file will be downloaded against your name and social as after giving several notifications, we did not get any response from your side. We will consider that you are ignoring this matter and you want to dispute.

If we do not receive any response from your side by today, then this case file will be downloaded automatically against your name and social. After that we are unable to help you and you will receive court summons at your door steps. Do update us with your intention that you want to resolve this case or you want to dispute. Regards, Jemes Heren. State Attorney’s Office ____________________________________________________________ Confidentiality Statement & Notice: This email is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521 and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. Any review, re transmission, dissemination to unauthorized persons or other use of the original message and any attachments is strictly prohibited. If you received this electronic transmission in error, please reply to the above-referenced sender about the error and permanently delete this message. Thank you for your Co-operation

I just got the same lether on 6/14/16 they're going to issue an arrest warrant because I'm ignoring their calls and their letters and it had a fake one attached to it where can I send it what can I do?

You can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. Give as many details as you have. The information you provide will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

i received this message too .there are idiots who want to scared people fraud dont even worry about it .

Earlier in the year I received call asking to wire money through moneygram for a loan I supposedly got and I had till the end of the day to send or I would be charged with three felonies but when I called to get info was asked was I sending right now and I replied no I was then told I couldn't information. Now months later I received this email from Jack Brown (916-234-9401)stating to be with cash net us group. I googled the name and instantly seen someone posted he was a scammer so I then googled number and company name then came across this site I forward email and deleted

Does anyone know if this is a scam? It came from a text with a 6042392306 number. Im freaking out

Subject: Legal Matter From: jerry wilson      To: jerry wilson      Time: Thu Jan 26 17:58:25 CET 2017

Legal Affidavit This email is containing information about three criminal allegations against your name about Financial Fraud. 1) Violation of federal banking regulations. 2) Collateral check fraud 3) Theft by deception.

The affidavit states that you went online utilizing your personal information which was track down by anti-fraud department, in order to solicit funds from a website which is owned & operated by CASH NET USA who owns & operates more than 350 websites, web portals (Ace Cash, Speedy cash, Cash, CashNetUSA, Check City, Check 'n Go, Advance America, Lend Up, Wonga, Speedy Cash, Credit On Demand, 100DayLoans, NetLoanUSA, Lend Up & Go.) & sub lenders working for them. When your creditor attempted to extract the funds from your checking account, all six EFT were returned constituting worthless electronic check. As of today rather than chasing you for money Cash NET USA has simply decided to write this money as loss & declared to be stolen by you & want to press legal charges on you & on your Social security number.

Your creditor will be in contact with your current employer & the state credit bureau to garnish your pay checks until the total amount gets paid back to your creditor in full with the interest amount & the late payment charges. Your Credit score will hit by negative 185 points & your driver’s license will get blocked. You do have right to hire an attorney, if you don’t have one or you can not afford to have one that shall be appointed to you by the Federal Court, but make sure you have someone to who can bail you out once you lose this case in the county court.

After you lose the case in the Federal Court then the legal charges will be levied upon you that would be more than 9000.00 which will be including you attorney charges, bail charges, Federal Court fees & the amount that you owe to your creditor for the amount of $950.00 included let fees and rate of interest As of today we have notified you about the charges so that we can generate a court date for you with an arrest warrant against you. You have a still option for OOCR (Out of court restitution) So call us as soon as possible we can accept only full payment. As of today if you are willing to settle it off the court than you can surely revert a positive response at the earliest. **Note** before you call us on listed Number read the email very carefully and call us so we can assist you better. God Bless You Warm Regards Attorney: Jerry Wilson Phone : (956) 255-8974

Did you apply for an online loan with any of the businesses listed in that message? Or even go to one of those websites? Or enter your phone number into a sketchy website recently? Sometimes if enter personal information on a site, even if you don't apply for a loan, you get a fake debt collection notice that says you owe money - but you don't.

This looks like a fake debt collection message. This FTC article explains what fake debt collectors do.

If you really took a loan from one of those companies, contact the company and ask about your account.

I received an email similar with vickie's post and a warrat copy from non paid loan and check fraud, from Michael Johnson (202)854-1649, I don't have a non paid loan and fraudulent check. Is this also a scam? I'm freaking out after reading this email., I don't know what to do until my friend told me to search online, then i saw this. Please advise. Thanks.

There is no Bureau of Defaulters. Please read the blog post at the top of this page for more information.

The FTC does not send emails like this to people. Read Government Imposter Scams to learn more about spotting imposters.

I received an email saying the ftc is filing charges on me for violation of federal banking check fraud an theft by deception signed by Steven Johnson saying there is a warrant generated is this a scam I'm sick of these emails

Yes, that is a scam. The FTC doesn't send emails like that. I'm sorry that happened to you.

Please report this at FTC.gov/complaint. to help us with investigations. There's an Alert at the top of the page in red letters. It says "Click here to report someone falsely claiming to be from the government."

Please click on that and then report what happened. There's a box where you can copy and paste the email you got. Thank you for reporting.

They're still at it! Got a letter just now saying I owe $13,271.15, the same amount they've been using for years.

I recive a email saying that was getting ready to take me to court and send papers to my employer from the bureau of defaulters agency ftc incorporation

attorney. dechertlegal555 > is the address from which I got the email, attorney michael johnson. I myself have received the same email, you do not get served a warrant via internet anyway lol. These individuals think the majority have no common sense.

Iam getting the same emails from Ocean First Clearance a Mark Brown @ 818-921-7272 saying i owe them like over 1800.00 dollars. And that he has my social security number and he can put a hold on my money. Please help!

I received many emails from different company names. Robert Williams is the person he is claiming to be from help @ fairdebtslawyers. com After not giving me a number repeatedly, he finally did give me a number and it is (818) 921-7272 he also used the email and said he was from financial crime of investigation department

Your Social Security Number has been marked as a primary suspect and your all personal information have been listed in this case file. he also includes my social in an unencrypted email and refuses to give any basis for this "debt" or supporting documents. My duty is to inform you regarding this case. I am not forcing you to make the payment if you want to resolve this outside the court house contact us within 24 hrs. This is the last E-mail from our side. On base of your reply to our E-mail I am going to take further legal action. 633 Washington - Room 22 Red Bluff, CA 96080 (P. O. Box 711, Red Bluff, CA 96080) This Email is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2521 and is legally privileged. The information contained in this Email is intended only for use of the individual or entity named above.

I got a similar email also listing Ocean First Clearance. Says I have 48 hours to respond or case will be filed Monday in the courts. No links to click on or phone number to call. What was the outcome for you?

I received an email today with attachments that I unfortunately opened on my phone. Said the exact thing that all of the above is saying. I forwarded the email to the address given but do not know what to do with my phone.

I just got this email and do not know if this is a scam or not. I don't even know who these people are or who this company is and definitely never borrowed from them. So if anyone knows or can tell me if this is a scam or not. I would appreciate it.

As we didn't receive your payment so, we are going to file this case tomorrow at your district courthouse, to know the courthouse kindly visit http://www. uscourts.gov/ court-locator with your zip code. You will be served with a notice to appear at your district courthouse in next 3 business days.

We are very sorry to say that you are going to be legally prosecuted in the Court House within seven days. Your SSN is put on hold by the US Government, so before the legal charges get really serious against you, we are notifying you about these legal charges. But as we were not able to reach you so we are sending you a final notification Email. Your case file#: SJ22031; and since it’s a legal matter you will need our help, so call us right now to make a payment and freeze down this case.

Total Outstanding Balance: - $1256.61

Loan Creditor: CASH NET USA

Case File Transferred: December 2017

AS YOU ARE A DEFAULTER ON THIS CREDIT, UNITED LEGAL INVESTIGATION BUREAU HAS STATED THREE SERIOUS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST YOU AND THEY ARE:

(1) VIOLATION OF FEDERAL BANKING REGULATION

(2) COLLATERAL CHECK FRAUD

(3) THEFT BY DECEPTION

Now, this means a few things for you. If you are under any state probation or payroll we need you to inform your reporting officer or manager about what you have done in the past and what would be the consequences once the case has been downloaded and executed in your name. If we do not hear from you within 48 hours of the date on this letter, we will be compelled to seek legal representation from our in-house attorney. We reserve the right to begin litigation for intent to commit wire fraud under the pretense of refusing to repay a debt committed to, by use of the internet. In addition we reserve the right to seek recovery for the balance due, as well as legal fees and any court cost incurred.

The Factual Basis for the complaints is as follows:

You accepted to return the funds from this aforementioned advancement as per contract.

And as per the agreement the funds have yet to be returned and the collateral has proven to be null that is to say of no value.

If you want to resolve this matter then reply back to this email immediately during working hours (Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 7 pm EST).

fairdebtsettlementdepartment @gmail. com
NOTE: THIS CASE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION OF CREDIT BUREAU AND FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC)
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Confidentiality Statement & Notice: This email is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521 and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. Any review, transmission, dissemination to unauthorized persons or other use of the original message and any attachments are strictly prohibited. If you received this electronic transmission in error, please reply to the above-referenced sender about the error and permanently delete this message. Thank you for your cooperation.

This looks like a scam. It might be from a fake debt collector that is trying to scare you into sending money. Fake debt collectors often use threats - like saying "Your SSN will be put on hold" - and pressure people to pay debts they don't recognize.

If you get more email like that mis-uses the FTC name, please let us know. Thank you.

I keep receiving these emails , and dontknow what to do.. I have lived overseas all my life so to claim I have committed an offense like this is troublesome.. see below email sent to Attorney: - Christianbrown

Bureau of Defaulters Agency - FTC Incorporation.
This is to inform you, that you are going to be legally prosecuted in the Court House within a couple of days. Your SSN is put on hold by the US Federal Government, so before the case if filed we would like to notify you about this matter.
It seems apparent that you have chosen to ignore all our efforts to contact you in order to resolve your debt with the Bureau of Defaulters Agency. At this point you have made your intentions clear and have left us no choice but to protect our interest in this matter. Now this means a few things for you, if you are under any state probation or payroll we need you to inform your manager/Concerned HR department about what you have done in the past and what would be the consequences once the case has been downloaded and executed in your name.

Now, FTC is pressing charges against you regarding 3 serious allegations: 1. Violation of federal banking regulation act 1983 (C) 2. Collateral check fraud 3.Theft by deception (ACC ACT 21A)
If we do not hear from you within 24 hours of the date on this letter, we will be compelled to seek legal representation from our company Attorney. We reserve the right to commence litigation for intent to commit wire fraud under the pretense of refusing to repay a debt committed to, by use of the internet. In addition we reserve the right to seek recovery for the balance due, as well as legal fees and any court cost incurred.

WE CARRY ALL THE RIGHTS RESERVED TO INFORM TO FBI, FTC, AND HOME LANDS SECURITY YOUR EMPLOYER AND BANK ABOUT FRAUD. And once you are found guilty in the court house, then you have to bear the entire cost of this lawsuit which totals to $13,271.15, excluding loan amount, attorney's fee & the interest charges. You have the right to hire an attorney. If you don't have/can't afford one then the court will appoint one for you.

Christianbrown Senior Attorney Confidentiality Statement & Notice: - This email is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521 and intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed. Any review, re-transmission, dissemination to unauthorized persons or other use of the original message and any attachments is strictly prohibited. If you received this electronic transmission in error, please reply.

Please confirm this is the same scam others are reporting.. How can we catch these crooks and whom to report this too...

This is a scam. There is no Bureau of Defaulters, and the FTC doesn’t send emails like this to people. Read Government Imposter Scams to learn more about spotting imposters.

If you get another email like this, forward it to spam@uce.gov, then delete it. Don’t click on any attachments or links.

I also received this one... these fraudsters should know that an attorney general does not use a gmail account...

ello, ELIZABETH K    This is to inform you that there is a lawsuit has been filed against your name & your case number is WA-1905-93 This matter is going to download to local civil court house within next 3 days , so make sure & hired an attorney for you & be present in to your local civil court house , we will shortly send you the notice at your door step & then you will be contacted by your local authorities for further legal actions , you may also contact us on our direct line number for further resolution options & getting some further Information about this lawsuit , our direct line number is 202-241-2115 . Thank You Attorney Steve Parks 202-241-2115

Good afternoon, I've received an email last year that is word for word as Kassie412 described from a different gmail account, of course and dismissed it as a scam. I did not receive any follow-ups. Yesterday, however, I received that message, subject:

Case Notice followed by 2 messages (subjects: WARNING - in all red all caps, and LEGAL NOTICE, respectively). Today, I received another, from the same "person" Michelle Sergent at law. legaldebt. adr@ gmail.com, subject: COURT SUMMONS, and it read as follows: YOU ARE REQUESTED TO APPEAR IN THE COUNTY SMALL CLAIMS DIVISION, COUNTY GOVERNMENT OFFICE ON FRIDAY THE 23th DAY OF FEBRUARY 2018 AT 04.00 O’CLOCK IN THE EVENING TO DEFEND THE ACTION OF WHICH PARTICULARS APPEAR BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT APPEAR JUDGMENT MAY BE GIVEN IN YOUR ABSENCE.

Gibson’s Law Associate as Assigner of parent company PLAINTIFF Exercising the profession of pay day advances under The name and style of Parent company. Auctioning the Defendant to pay the sum of NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FOUR DOLLARS ($1028.83) which the PLAINTIFF claims to be in respect of an account rendered together with interest due THEREON from the said date to the date of repayment in full at such rate as the court may deem just, the whole as appears by DEED OF ASSIGNMENT in the Plaintiff’s favor dated September 30th 2015 and to pay the costs of the action. Any documents or payments which you need to send to the Plaintiff must be sent and made payable through Money Gram.

YOU WILL STOP THIS GOING TO COURT IF IN THE NEXT 3 WORKING DAYS, YOU PAY THE SUM OF $980.00 BEING:- a) The amount claimed of $1028.83 b) Interest of the said amount of $1028.83 at the Court rate up to the given date being the sum of $12.00 c) Fixed costs in the sum of $45.00 d) Stamp duty in the sum of $25.00 (which can be deducted if payment is made to SMITH LOAN ASSISTANCE three days before the date given above). DIRECTOR SMITH LOAN ASSISTANCE Dated the 16th day of FEBRUARY 2018

I realize this is a scam, but as many of you shared, it also caused me a lot of stress and worry. I was just wondering if anyone has found that there is any more to be done to prevent it. I worry for people like my parents and others in vulnerable populations falling prey to these malicious scammers and would like to do more to help if I can. Thank you everyone for sharing - your information definitely helped me.

I received an email from these ocean people and I DO NOT appreciate the fact that these people can get away with just loosely putting your ENTIRE SSN in this email sending it across the internet electronically. I want to sue and I want to seek damages, etc... to the fullest extent that I can....I have NEVER had anything like this happen.... since these credit report data breaches all kinds of stuff is going on with our personal information... I need a LAWYER asap....

I just the same email just how you have it there, was getting very worried i kept getting emails, was there any personal information in the emails any of you guys got ?

I just received a email saying to pay 1,200 or warrant will be issued for my arrest or ill have to go to federal court if do not contact them in 3 days..it came from ocean first clearance. But it was no name or number to contact.

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