I have received two voicemails, one yesterday and one today, from different numbers (the first was simply listed as "Unknown", the second from a number across the country from where I live), each of them with the same exact voicemail recording. It stated that someone is preparing to take legal action against me, that this is their third attempt to contact me (both messages claimed to be the third attempt), despite the fact that I had not received previous calls prior to the first voicemail message I received, and then they said to call a number that was different from the number they had called from. The message ended with "Thank you and good luck". I have not received any summons nor complaints in the mail. Is this something I should respond to or is it some sort of scam?
It certainly is not "criminal defense" and threatening criminal prosecution would be illegal under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. If you were a client, which you are not, I would advise doing nothing unless and until a case is file.
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Sounds like a scam to me. I would ignore it. Retain an attorney if you are actually served with legal process (complaint and summons). Hello, Mr. Doland! Hope all is well.
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It's probably a scam. I wouldn't take any action or even think about it until and if you get served with a lawsuit.
Do you owe anyone money? They can't have you arrested for a civil debt anyway. You can refer them to the consumer protection agency in your area.
Scam. For a few weeks I was receiving similar voice messages, but they finally seem to have stopped.
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This sounds like a potential scam. I recommend you make note of the times of the calls, the phone number it came from, and the number you were instructed to call back. I recommend you then contact the better business bureau and provide them with all of the details. You can also register your phone number on the Do Not Call Registry. If you continue to hear from them, or if like my colleagues suggest, you are presented with legal papers, be sure to contact an attorney at that time. Good luck.
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