There is no Bureau of Defaulters

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.

Comments

When I get your messages and want to post them to Facebook, I'm directed to your homepage where I an consistently unable to locate the article you just sent to me. Can you fix this?

We’ll look into ways to make it easier to share our posts to social media. In the meantime, you can copy the URL of the blog post and paste it into a Facebook status update to share it. The URL for this blog is https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/there-no-bureau-defaulters

i tried to email the threatening letter w/alleged warrant to the email address in the post and it bounced. can you provide me with correct email?

You can forward spam email to spam@uce.gov

Here it is a year later and today March 29th, I received this bogus email for my sister stating she owes $12,000 and a warrant for her arrest. I called the number, a oriental man answered. I asked too many important questions pretending I was my sister, he got angry and hung up. Sure hope they catch these guys. (206)414 2992.

I've received two text messages stating that my SSN was on Government hold and I was to go to Federal Court.

It's odd that some companies can send arrest warrants and some can't? I have over 500 emails and still counting for one agency. Every time I send money, to keep my SSN/pension from being froze, to this ACS/ACE LLC they find a new loan that I supposedly got. I am so scared not to pay but yet I am now getting threats from someone in Law and Enforcement that they have found a $300.00 loan that now is worth $990.00and I need to pay it off or face stiff penalties. So how do we know what companies are held accountable and which ones can get away with anything?

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'm going through the same thing. They say it's from KOOCH ASSOCIATES. Is it true?

Owing a debt is not a criminal matter-it's civil. don't send any more money OR even RESPOND to these & you'll stop getting these which are all BOGUS

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