I knew the afni collection notice was a phony when I got it. It listed my old phone number in Los Angeles, and to the best of my knowledge, it was my home phone number, not a cell phone with Verizon. I have to say "to my knowledge" because it refers to an address over 10 years old, and I have no records dating back that far. (This notice came in October 2007, 10 years and 1 month after I left California.)
I've been waiting 30 minutes to speak to a Verizon billing agent to verify that I've never had an account with them, but am losing patience. While waiting, decided to add my complaint about phony collection scams that seem to be of little interest to our Justice Department. I feel SO SORRY for people who get these things and just pay off the scammers out of fear and befuddlement.
The American consumer has been declared fair game for scammers, con artists and usurio0us credit card companies. If you are tired of seeing them get away with it, VOTE IN 2008 for a change in Washington, in your state, and in your community.
That is, if you can still vote, and if your vote is counted correctly. Hell, try anyway! It's our only hope.