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Warning: Phony Debt Collection Calls

ScamsResidents are reporting to the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs a number of threatening calls from individuals representing themselves as debt collectors. The phone scammers are targeting consumers who have applied for or paid off payday loans. The caller is requesting payment of the debt by accessing bank or credit account information or through a prepaid card and money-wire transfers.

to these phony debt collection calls! The con artists use scare tactics such as telling you will be arrest for not paying the debt, legal action allows them to take your car or other possessions, and they will call your home, cell or even work numbers numerous times in an attempt to part you from your money.

What to do if you receive a call from a debt collector, regardless if it is fake or real.

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.