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I have been receiving calls from [protected]. A guy (with an extremely thick accent) claims I took out an online payday loan last year and never paid it. This guy said the loan company filed an online complaint against my social security number and that they have all my information -including my bank information. The company that supposedly filed this complaint was 'US Cash Advance', supposedly the loan amount was 300 dollars. The last time they called I told him I have called the police ... The line went dead!!

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  • Jt
      12th of May, 2011
    Internet Crime Complaint Center - Bad customer service
    Internet Crime Complaint Center
    United States

    This report, which is based upon information from law enforcement and complaints submitted to the IC3, details recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams.

    Romance Scammers Claiming Affiliation With The IC3

    The IC3 has received several complaints regarding a romance scam originating via a dating website. Generally, in romance scams, the subject claims to be out of the country for a business trip and in need of money. The subject asks potential victims to wire funds for various reasons including paying for a hotel, returning to the states, or paying for a lawyer.

    Recently, the scammers have added a layer of supposed law enforcement involvement in an attempt to convince the victim the scam is legitimate. In one such IC3 complaint, the "investigator" says he is using his private e-mail because the IC3 database is under maintenance. To convince the victim to wire the requested funds, he claims to be assigned to the case and assures the victim that the subject has been "interrogated and investigated" and that he is a safe, "legit business man."

    Other complainants reported having difficulty canceling their membership to the particular dating site, which reportedly offers a "3-day free membership" for their service. The membership is reportedly "automatically" renewed after the three days unless canceled. Complainants reported that the website renewed their membership and charged their credit card over $59 despite the complainant's attempts to cancel the membership. Some complainants said the company did not answer their calls, e-mails, or voice mail messages, while others claimed the company admitted the "error" and offered them free service, but refused to refund the charges.
    Phishing E-mail Claims "Your Federal Tax Payment Was Rejected"

    In October 2010, articles were posted online warning consumers about phishing e-mails purportedly from the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) claiming the recipient's federal tax payment was rejected. The IC3 has received over 150 complaints reporting this matter. Although different versions of this spam campaign exist, many complainants reported that the e-mails they received were titled ""LAST NOTICE: Your Federal Tax Payment has been rejected."" E-mails stated, ""the problem is that system doesn't process your company ID on holidays and we moved your tax payment batch to a waiting list."" Recipients were then directed to click on the link provided to obtain more details about their company's status and tax payment batch file. Some complainants reportedly use the electronic system to pay their estimated quarterly taxes, so the e-mail appeared relevant.

    Other related phishing e-mails claimed, ""the identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid."" Recipients were directed to visit hxxp://eftps.gov/r21 and ""check the information and refer to Code R21 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section.""

    A recent complaint filed with the IC3 reported the same type of phishing e-mail except this time, the e-mail directed the recipient to open an attachment contained in the e-mail. The e-mail was titled ""Your Federal Tax Payment Notice."" Like the others, it claimed, ""the identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid."" To entice the recipient to open the attachment, the e-mail stated, ""check the attached information and refer to Code R21 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section.""

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