Phony debt collector scam warning - - Jackson, MS

Phony debt collector scam warning

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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A warning for consumers from the Attorney General's Office about phony debt collectors.

A number of people have reported receiving threatening phone calls, accusing them of defaulting on payday loans.

Attorney General Jim Hood warns that the scammers have the victims social security number, old bank account numbers and other personal information.

They tell people they will be arrested if they don't pay up immediately.

"We've had over 150 calls in the past four weeks for individuals stating that they've had this same scam call. In fact, one lady lost $1300 by giving them her bank account information. So that's what they're fishing for," Attorney General Jim Hood said.

If you suspect you have fallen prey to this scam, contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General's office at 1-800-281-4418.

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