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.

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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

Gmom, do not send money to anyone that you do not know. It is a scam. They are all scams. A true debt collector can not contact you this way and make those kinds of threats. The more you pay them the more they will keep asking from you. It is a scam.

Dear gmom, your problem is you are sending crooks money, stop sending money and ignore the emails.

intuit (intu), and its criminal subsidiary, TurboTax, are using invasive emails on my account, to try to sucker me into having criminal suspects, TurboTax and Intu OBTAIN MY PRIVATE TAX AND FINANCIAL RECORDS CONVEYED TO THE HACKERS IDENTITIED AS F.R.E.A.K, WHICH THUGS ARE FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS FOR REFUNDS UNDER THE INNOCENT CITIZENS S.S.A. NUMBERS. PLEASE ARREST THESE DESPIABLE CRIMINALS IMMEDIATELY. (s) CAPTRAY.

I just got an email from someone claiming to be from the district attorney's office...however the email the sent it from is a gmail account so I am well aware of the scam! My question is how did they get my social security number?! And can they use it against me?!

I got an email like this too! I googled the email address jack watson - hudsonlawfirmattarnneyoffice and they have my SSN too. I'd also like to know how they got it.

I am getting all kinds of emails from companys saying I owe them money and if I don't pay my ssn# will be put on hold and face court action and freeze my bank account. so I am not suppose to send them anything is it a scam

The email might be from a real debt collector or a fake debt collector.

A debt collector has to provide you with written proof of a debt if you ask them in writing. Read the FTC article about Fake Debt Collectors for tips to help you handle these emails.

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've gotten two of these email, one had a fake arrest warrant attached, and about a dozen or more phone calls. I've even called them and told them I know this is a scam and they won't stop. I'd press criminal charges against them but who even knows where they're really located.

I was contacted by these people and paid them $50 Dollars!I just found out that this whole thing was bogus! THEY SWINDLED ME!

I was contacted by these people and told a warrant was out for my arrest and that I owed $12,000 to a company and I have charges filled against me. I told them I was contacting my attorney right now.

I received the same email that I had warrant with 3serious charges on it. I am so glad I googled senders website and got your site thanx

I just recieved one on my work email but i knew it was a scam. Ive had one before and actually called and the man was from India and wanted me to pay over the phone. He had my ssn and i really dont like that.

Please report the impersonator to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

I got a call from various phone numbers; I decided to actually answer it. She stated they were a collection agency. I immediately got yelled at by a lady on the phone (who had an accent that sounded like someone from overseas) stating I received a payday loan in 2012 in the amount of $300.00 from a company named JD Marketing. Of course this is not true. I had payday loans in the past (last one in 2007..ish) but from a well known payday loan company only that was local. Anyways, I requested documentation to prove it was mine. She then got REALLY angry and gave me to a manager. The manager threatened me and then offered to "write off" a portion of it. I again said not without documentaion; to whit she said they don't have to provide that (because "they were the only the ones who took the debt/note") and they would be charging me with four different crimes including fraud, FTP a debt and some other stuff (I couldn't understand her through her anger and accent) if I don't pay them and I would be seeing it on my credit report and it would be going to court. Despite knowing this is a scam it's thoroughly frightening! I'm not one to be scared into something like this, I can only imagine how others react and just pay without proof because they are unsure or scared! NEVER PAY WITHOUT PROOF! Again, all of this is supposedly in the name of JD MARKETING. Beware!

I also received an email with "warrant copies" court summons, case number etc. There is nothing on my credit record from anyone so, this whole scam thing, is unnerving and the trouble is I don't know how they EVER got my SSN!

Thank you for telling others about this. These are useful details for a complaint. Please go to ftc.gov/complaint and report what happened. Blog comments don't go into the database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Thank you for this information. Same exact thing happened to me today! I about had a freakin panic attack! I was a crying and babbling mess! I knew it was a scam but they had all my info. My last four, my OLD address, an OLD bank account that was closed years ago. I should have known it was fraud because they didn't even have my married name and I have been married for 7 years! This needs to end!!

Is there a way to make this stop? Ive requested written verification and stated that they are not to contact me at work. I've updated my information with them including address, email and phone but I continually receive phone calls at work and now an email with an obviously fake warrant and summons.

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. Many states have their own debt collection laws that are different from the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Your Attorney General’s office can help you determine your rights under your state’s law.

I almost fell for this crap!!! I was literally scared I would be arrested at work or at my home! I would love to find this "attorney" Mike Johnson, with a thick, non-American accent and personaly give him a "payment" growl!!!!

I got a call like this.. have them $250 from a money card because they called me and said I would be arrested at my place of work.. I have had bad enough issues so I didn't take a chance... However when I was scheduled to make the 2nd payment, a light bulb went on and I started questioning the guy on the phone.. he got mad and said he didn't have to give me that information and gave me to his supervisor.. I chuckled and realized that there are so many out there that don't know these are scams.

I just received a call the other day saying I have a debt from 2013. She gave me the name of the company but I was driving and couldn't write it down. I told her that debt was included in my bankruptcy.. she states that doesn't matter and I said I won't pay and hung up on her. Called them back and asked when the debt issued, she said she only had the charge off date of Nov 2013.. I said, well, I hate to tell you this but you aren't getting anything from me, it was an unsecured debt and I would seriously doubt that my attorney would not advise me to pay it if this is indeed real. And hung up.. they haven't called me back yet.

I received this from attorney@helpline-service.com
Warrant Copy
Name :Vickie XXXX
Attorney: Jerry Brown
Phone :- (661)771-9314
DUE AMOUNT-$685.33

This is to inform you, that you are going to be legally prosecuted in the Court House within a couple of days. Your S.S.N 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 case with the Bureau of Defaulters. 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 cheque fraud
3. Theft by deception (ACT 21 A)

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 company Attorney. We re-serve the right to commence litigation for intent to commit wire fraud under the pretence of refusing to repay a total outstanding amount committed to, by use of the internet. In addition we re-serve the right to seek recovery for the balance due, as well as legal fees and any court cost incurred.

WE CARRY ALL THE RIGHTS RE-SERVED TO INFORM TO FBI, FTC YOUR EMPLOYER AND BANK ABOUT FRAUD.

And once you are found guilty in the court house, then you have to breathe entire cost of this lawsuit which totals to $13,428.15, excluding amount you borrow, attorney's fee & the interest charges. You have the right to hire an attorney. If you don't have or can't afford one then the court will appoint one for you.
Attorney: Jerry Brown
Phone :- (210) 272-9230
Copyright (c) 2006 FTC.

I just received the same email today. I was freaking out. So this is fraud correct?

I received the same email but the guys name was Steven Johnson and then it was Steven McClean.

My email was pretty much the same. The dollar amount is $13,271.15 & the attorney is Steven Hawkins. I've been getting this email for about a year.

I have got the same email from the same person and dollar amount, Said it was from American Cash Advance. Which I looked up and they said that they do not do online loans. I did have one but paid it off. He keeps telling me to wire the money through western union and money gram. ME being the person I am thought that I had forgot to pay one off tried to send him the money but the bank in which I tried to send refused to send it. Then the dollar amount changed from 300.00 to 400.00. Then he had me try money gram. Can some one please advise me on what to do. He tells me to tell the money gram people that I am sending to a friend or relative to avoid the asking too many questions as they did not meed to know my legal matter. Help please I am so afraid that they are going to arrest me.

If you got an email that said "Bureau of Defaulters" it's a fake. There is no such thing as a Bureau of Defaulters.

If you know you don't owe money, you don't have to send money to someone who threatens you. Some scammers buy information about people, and then call and make threats to try and get money. Just because someone knows details about you doesn't prove you owe a debt. 

If someone tells you to lie, it's a big warning sign that they aren't legitimate. The scammer tells you to lie about what you're doing, so no one will help you or stop you from sending money.

 

I have received something very similiar from a james wilson from americanadjustmentsbureau. So i googled and found a website with a number. The person who answered explained that alot of people been calling with the same issue but their company donot have an s in adjustment(s). I did reply to the email because most of my ssn was on the paper but i also explained that they need to send a number so my lawyer can contact them. I also said i do not write checks! Here i was freaking out because i have 5 kids raising them on my own and this email telling me i have fraud and its gonna get reported to my credit. I called lawyers and even tried to look up the case number. Finally i begin searching the internet and here to my suprise, its what i felt it was all along, A SCAM!!! My anxiety and bipolar is through the roof. Crazy enough that 2 years ago someone from florida took money off my account but for the past year i been fixing my credit and paying off doctor bills. I even got credit cards. Why are people soo cruel? Im definitely reporting this crap and putting the anti theft. Enough is Enough.

I received the exact same email in my SPAM folder on 08/31/2016 from a James Wilson. I called the company too and was told the same thing! I reported this to the BBB and FTC

I've received two emails. I forwarded them both to "spam@uce.gov"

What actions do we need to take now since they have my social security number?

If someone has misused your Social Security number - say, to open new accounts or get a loan -  go to identitytheft.gov and find out what to do.

If you know someone has your Social Security number, but they haven't done anything with it yet, you can also take steps to protect your privacy.  Learn what to do if someone got your information through a data breach.

I got one and called them. Next thing I know I am getting an emergency call break through from a police station that doesn't exist. They refused to send me documentation. It really bothers me that they have my social security number.

Just RECIEVED a email from FTC Incorporated and googled it to understand why I was being contacted. Can't they get this shut down? What a shame for people trying to do the right thing and may debts.

My e-mail is from Jason Scott @ 913-937-7481. He said I owe $13000. to the Bureau of Defaulters Agency FTC inc. He has my SSN as well.

Hi Patricia,

If you have fallen victim to a scam, please file a complaint directly with the FTC's Complaint Assistant at ftc.gov/complaint.

For information on what to do if you feel your identity has been stolen, please visit www.IdentityTheft.gov.

Thank you.

Read this and it was very helpful...my experience is exactly like all the others...was scared to death but did a few searches and found out it was a scam. I am now armed with the right tools if they call and all future emails will be deleted. I did forward the email and attachment to the address you provided....Thank you so much!

What about test messages that say the same thing....How do you report those?

I'm glad I googled this "agency". I was worried because as many others have said it looks official. I have deleted the e-mail and will keep an eye out for others in the future

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

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
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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

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