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Lanphier Associates / Lawsuit Scam

1 IL, United States Review updated:

This shyster called my business, and threatened my daughter/secretary with a lawsuit saying the she had obtained a loan from a Payday Loan company, (which she didn't), and had not repayed the loan, and that their firm was going to start collection proceedings against her. She became very upset and asked if they would call back later, which to my surprise, they did! I got on the phone with a Mr. David Clark, who sounded more like a Haji to me, I asked him for his firm's name who he identified as Lanphier Associates, (I asked him to spell it, because I couldn't understand him), and asked for his phone number so I could call him right back. He wouldn't give me his number, saying that his phone wasn't working, but I could call him tomorrow. I told him that if I couldn't call him, that I didn't want him to call me, EVER AGAIN! I would like to know who these [censored]es are so I can stir up some real s**t for them, they messed with the wrong family, and if I find them they will Pay!!!

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  • Gl
      14th of Sep, 2009
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    The same thing just happened to me. Calls were made to my home and work. I called them back because they would not give my husband and identifying information about who they were and what they wanted. They threatened me with a lawsuit because I supposedly haven't made payment on a payday loan. TOTALLY NOT TRUE. Said I have received many email messages from their "client" demanding payment. Also, not true. I even checked my junk folder. I'd like to know how to stop them.

  • Ma
      14th of Sep, 2009
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    Wow! This is amazing, I just got off the phone with a person feeding this same crap. Supposedly he said his name was "Victor", could not understand his last name. They told me that I would be arrested tomorrow by 11:00am if I didn't pay the loan which I never even got! This is a HUGE scam. These people have got to be stopped. I did ask for the law firms name and it is also "Lanphier and Assoc." They stated that the name of the payday loan company was "National Payday".

  • An
      15th of Sep, 2009
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    The same thing just happened to me. I just got off the phone with someone claiming to be from a law firm, saying I was being sued for not paying a payday loan. They told me I needed to settle out of court or risk being fined over $5, 000 for not paying on this loan. She also told me it was "National Advance Payday". She gave me the phone number for the law firm; I tried to call it back but it wasn't a valid number. This is obviously a scam. How do we stop them?

  • Po
      24th of Sep, 2009
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    angry biker husband 9/24/09

    Your right these guys are a sure piece of work they have called my wife employment more than three times this week. They call my personal cell phone two to three times daily and leave the same message that you guys have talked about. And angry dads right they do need to be stopped if this information is to any help for anyone please use it
    they are leaving a return call phone number of 951-616-6883 witch comes back to a cell phone and a address of 1423 houghman rd cambell Ca. We have contacted our local tv station to try to inform our comminity of what this scams artist is doing. It seems to me that they are targeting women from what i'm reading here hoping that the going to jail and fines will scare them enought to try to clear the problem and then get to thte bottom of it. Also be advised these people have all correct address's on the people that they are contacting.

  • Cr
      6th of Oct, 2009
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    DITTO. Same thing happened to me, today. Does anyone have any info on if the "scammers" have called back or anything? I mean it really seems like this is a pretty advanced scam to have all our info, which this caller even had the last four of my social and was trying to get me to fill in the rest...of course, as verification, LOL.

  • An
      7th of Oct, 2009
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    I just received a phone call from them todayat work. They said that they were going to take me to court and that they were going to have their investigators come to my job tomorrow by 11:00 am if I didn't pay them. I don't like that they have a partial social security number. These people need to be stopped.

  • Me
      7th of Oct, 2009
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    having the same problem they called and threated y wife's job etc but here are some numbers we manage to get from them if they help any really getting sick of these people calling 20 times a day and calling her work etc

    says his name is mark hewy and call back number is 949-202-4673/949-202 -0673

  • Do
      8th of Oct, 2009
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    There is another company by the name of Lanphier and Associates. I called both listing of this company which showed up when I googled. One is in Oragon and they are a marketing company. They were very curious about this scam and would be checking into it. The other one, which I believe the scam is actually using, is in CA. They have had many calls about this and confirm it is a SCAM. They have filed a police report and are asking others to please do the same in their states.

  • Pt
      13th of Oct, 2009
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    I just had this happen to me as well. He threatened to call my grandmother and my best friend. Then tried to tell me that i worked somewhere in December that I didnt! That for one is a red flag because i hadnt even been hired there yet much less had they had an opening at that place in december. The Phone numbr they gave me is a working number its 631-409-8016.
    They said i had to pay over a thousand out of court to settle a payday loan that i received for $300 which was not true. I dont even know the last four digits of the bank account number that they gave me.

  • Hw
      14th of Oct, 2009
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    I just received the exact same phone call. I was called at my job and was told that I had received a $300.00 payday loan and had never made an attempt to repay it. All of this was ###. They told me that if I didn't pay 750.00 with my credit card over the phone today by 5pm they were filing law suite tomorrow. Someone needs to stop these ###s before someone unsuspecting gives them personal information.

  • An
      30th of Oct, 2009
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    I just received the same call, and was offered to settle my mythical debt today or a lawsuit would be filed against me. He gave me the names of references I used when i suppossedly took out this payday loan for $350.00 in November of 2008 with a Company called CASHNET. Well one of the references I was said to have used back in November 2008 I didn't even meet until January of 2009. Well that gave it away right there. The number the call came in on was (478) 257-9252 which just rang and rang. When I received the call it was initially a woman on the phone, she quickly put a man on the phone. He gave me the whole rundown and said I was being charged with 3 criminal charges, unless I of course settled out of court. He said is name was Senior Attorney Douglass Brown from Lanphier Associates and gave me a call back number of (310) 735-0192, which is a working number. The lady simply answers it law firm. I asked her the name of the law firm, and she became kind of angry and wanted to know who I was calling to talk to. I asked for Senior Attorney Douglass Brown, and informed him I was aware of his scam and was going to file a police report. He instantly became angry and started saying "Did I ask you for Money?" I told him that him offering me to settle to avoid court was an attempt to illegally solicit money, as well as attempted Identity theft. He then became more angry and said I was going to be taken to court for the mythical payday loan and the Judge could decide. I am sure we all know this is never going to happen...Well unless he is a judge when he is not busy with his job as a lawyer. I am seriously considering contacting the FBI since he called me while I was at work for the Federal government and the attempted scam crossed state lines. By the way both he and the female sounded like they were of Indian descent. I truly hope this guy gets busted before someone or more likely someone else gets taken by this ###!

  • Bt
      30th of Oct, 2009
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    I just received the same call from a 875-820-6274 number which when I called it back it was a nonworking number. I spoke with a guy by the name of Eric Johnson who said that if I didn't pay them ($750 today for a $350 loan I got from National Payday and did not pay back) with a credit or debit card then they are going to come to my job tomorrow and arrest me. He said that I have been charged with three charges and that if I didn't have a credit or debit card then I can go to Wal-Mart get a pre-paid card and that it needed to be International in order for them to process it I asked him why does it have to be International if you are located in Califronia he told me that California is far from Texas so it has to be International. He says that they will take me to court if I don't take care of this today. He also asked that I write an authorization letter to my creditor stating that I authorize them to take my payment. When I asked for a call back number he gave me 727-362-1242 and a lady answered it "Law Firm". He gave me a fax number to fax the letter to 323-739-3335. I couldn't understand nothing they were saying it sounded like he was India or something and it was a lot of noise in the background. I hope someone gets these people because they are calling me at work and this is not cool. They have gotten me all scared and nervous thinking that they are going to come to my job and arrest me. They need to be caught this is ridiculous we are going through enough already without scams like this.

  • Ni
      3rd of Nov, 2009
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    This is crazy b/c just today i get a call from these same people...he told me his name was David Jones. The first message i got is when he said that either i or my attorney needs to return his call because this is time sensative and if not, then all he could say was good luck... So when i called back, 510-709-4660 he's telling me all of my information...My address, last 4 of my SS# and my email address. Said this is in regards to a payday loan from someone affiliated with National Payday loan for $300. I've never gotten a loan before. Then he names 3 references that i supposedly put on my application?! Said either I can settle this out of court by paying him $1092 or i'd be arrested on friday at 11am. He also stated that i would need to fax them over an authorization letter authorizing them to take money out of my debit card. I told him before I pay anything I need verification of any funds being deposited into my account as well as an application that I supposedly filled out...he then told me that unfortunately, he couldn't provide me with that. Then i said can i have the number to the creditor that forwarded my information to you and he says "unfortunately, the creditor only wants to see you in court, they told us not to give our their number" WTF???!!! I just politely cursed him out and asked him not to call me ever again...then hung up. I think this is totally crazy and these people need to be stopped.

  • Ma
      3rd of Nov, 2009
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    The same thing happpened to me. Some jerk identifying himself as John Smith called and said that he worked for Lanphier and Associates--and that he could not send me paperwork concerning the "legal complaint." He went through the International Debit Card baloney, saying that I should go to WalMart and send him money. Fat chance!

    Someone called the next day (same voice as Alex Smith), with a foreign accent, and informed me that he was John Smythe. He, too, demanded payment--but told me that I could wait for a week to pay.

    These people do need to be stopped. What are the Attorneys General doing about these scammers?

  • El
      4th of Nov, 2009
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    I have been getting calls the past few days, same crap. I told them off and begged them to send me summons for court and I couldnt wait to go and that I was keeping the messages they left for evidence of harassment. 310-735-0192 is the #. Even after that they left another message at work for me about 10 minutes long. I cant wait to call them when I get home from work to mess with them and give them a taste of Ellen...LOL! I did report them to the FTC and my NYS Attorney General. Even after I told them my bank statement would prove no payday loan deposit was made for $300 they insisted I was lying... I am sure Chase would agree with me...SCAM!

  • Te
      9th of Dec, 2009
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    I have received many "RECORDED" calls from this foreign "DIPS***T" stating that a warrant was out for my arrest unless I gave him my personal information. I have two words for this worthless excuse for a human being. I believe you already know what they are! For one, I am not that stupid! Secondly, how did this guy "Victor, Alex Smith, Alex Walters"...get my info. Some company out there has a compromised security breech OR is willingly selling our information to these "FINANCIAL TERRORISTS"...
    How about we ALL stand together as Americans and stop these people from ruining our lives. He must have a pretty pathetic life to prey on innocent, hard-working americans instead of getting off his LAZY ### and get a JOB!!!
    Go to IC3.GOV and file your complaint so a task force can be formed to catch this guy and put his ### in jail.
    A VERY PISSED OFF TENNESSEAN GIRL!

  • Jl
      8th of Apr, 2010
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    I got this call today from "John Conner", I made them REALLY MAD when I said that I was "going to wait for the summons to come." I also asked him how his T101 was holding up. (he didn't get the joke.)

    Apparently either SKYNET or the Resistance needs my money to help win the war against the other.

    Quote of the day:
    "If you think that what is going on is a scam, have fun with the person, and don't back down."

    By Jon (that's me)

  • He
      8th of Apr, 2010
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    same here, they called my cell phone 4 times today and left messages saying that either me or my defense attorney needed to call them back immediately because it was a time sensitive matter and that if i didnt all they could say is good luck as the situation unfolds on me. i had my sister answer the last time and tell them they were scamming. they just kept saying they were a private law firm. she told them not to call back, we will see...

  • Rb
      11th of Aug, 2010
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    This same exact thing happened yesterday. I was on the phone with the guy for over 20 min. He was on a phone that was breaking up and I could barely understand what he was saying. He did not speak good English. He threatened me that I would be sorry and all this other [censor]. I kinda got freaked out a little bit. I never took out any type of loan. I knew it wasn't right, but then thought maybe someone stole my identity and social security number and used it to take out loans. I just looked this up online and found that I'm not the only one. I am a little relieved but also pretty angry! Who the hell are these people??? I will defiantly give them a piece of my mind if I ever talk to them again!

  • Ir
      20th of Sep, 2010
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    The exact same thing just happened to me, except this person identified himself as "Officer Steve" from the "Crime Protection Division" of some company - I couldn't understand his heavy Indian accent. They had most of my social security number, my work information, my mother's name and phone number, and everything. He sounded so legitimate initially that I did confirm the last four digits of my SSN but didn't confirm anything else. They even had a case number for me, saying I'd be arrested the next day if I didn't settle. I kept asking for details, and that was what tipped me off that it wasn't legit - he kept deflecting.

    The information they had was quite dated, citing an address at which I haven't lived in over a year. I'm not even in the same state anymore. When I started asking for details, I honestly couldn't understand the guy at all, and he got all defensive. I did get him to admit he was not a member of law enforcement, but he emphasized that he worked for a crime protection division of a company and said that I could go to the local police station and give them his number - which was unlisted on my Caller ID and which he wouldn't repeat - to verify his information. Right.

    His supervisor, who was only slightly less incomprehensible, was able to tell me that I was about to be arrested for bank fraud because I had had money transferred from a payday loan to my bank account and hadn't paid it back. This is absolutely not true, needless to say.

    The information they had sounded very much like the kind of information you'd have when filling out a payday loan application, (and I did, in fact, apply for one last year, but was declined because I'm a freelancer.) It appears my personal information from this application was compromised or sold somehow. :(

    When I told him I'd be happy to fax over my bank statement proving that I'd never gotten a penny from any payday loan, the supervisor started swearing at me and hung up.

    This is pretty scary. I've reported it to ICV.gov and am on the phone with the BBB now, but as it was an unlisted number, I don't think there's a lot I can do.

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