Irving, Texas. February 13, 2013 –
TJ Lee Elementary School reported receiving several threatening phone calls from a 616 (Michigan) area code.
The Irving Police Department was called and made report 13-2736. The caller uses abusive language and claims that the person receiving the call will be arrested at home if they do not comply with his request (money, credit card numbers, etc.) for payment of a fake outstanding debt.
This is a scam originating out of India.
ABC Nightline ran a story last summer describing the scam, "The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place. "
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