WildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2551 posts, RR: 5 Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1403 times:
So, here's the story:
There was a weird message on the phone yesterday, they left a 1-877 number, so I called them back. It turned out to be collection agency (or "collection agency", I don't know which yet). They tried to collect $36.72 from me as an outstanding cable TV invoice on behalf of Rogers communications. OK, I said to the dude, give me the details: Account number, invoice number, invoice issue date...nothing. All he had was my name and my old address in Pickering. When I asked him how old it is, he said probably 7 years...Well 7 years ago I lived in Trebisov, Eastern Slovakia. I can guarantee, that there is no Rogers service there. OK, so it was when you moved from Pickering to London said he... OK, it was in March 2005 and my Rogers bills are billed directly to my credit card since the summer of 2004. I told the dude that I'm not calling the police just because the amount is ridiculous and hung up. Then I called Rogers. They had record about my account back to December 2001, all clean, all paid for.
So, they call and want me to pay for something:
- that gets charged directly to my CC
- Rogers has no record of
- Have no invoice #
- Have no account #
- Have no issue date
- They want a direct deposit only
- Rogers as a name of an agency with a similar name, but the phone numbers don't match
Now comes the best. The dude on the phone said that it was particularly a cable TV invoice. I only had internet services from Rogers in Pickering, since the cable TV was a part of a condo services package in the townhouse complex where I lived.
Here's the big question: Is it a scam, or is it a scam? Where to report an activity like this?
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1257 times:
I had something similar happen. I got a letter from a collection agency on behalf of eBay. Not sure how they got my address and full legal name though... Anyways, called them and they said I owed $53 or something, and wouldn't let me talk to his supervisor. Eventually he hung up on me, so I called back and talked to a different person who gave me a username that was ridiculous, but real (not mine though..).
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1249 times:
A reputable collection agency (at least here in the U.S.) must follow applicable Federal and State laws. Here in Ohio the company cannot collect interest without documenting both the principal amount and the interest rate, and the rate may not exceed a set limit. Also the company must provide verification of the debt, in writing, within thirty days upon request.
I see you're in Canada, so you should contact your provincial or RCMP authority as stated above.
CaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1211 times:
Quoting Toast (Reply 2): Most definitely a scam. What an amateur. Taking a risk for less than 40 bucks? Probably a kid. Call the cops, they'll know what to do.
actually that is the best way to scam someone. Chances are someone is going to pay off a small amount without question. If they had gone for $400 almost anyone would do research into that. You would be surprised how easily people will throw around small sums of money without blinking.
Bofredrik From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1115 times:
I have heard of that type of calls in Sweden to but then is it not fake.
Actually is some small billing companies buying old debts from other
companies that is not going to collect them. But this small companies
will... It could be 5 years old debts for a video that you rented but never
was billed for. Until now...
I doubt so. Reason is simple - there was only one kind of service I've used from Rogers in the past - high speed internet. It's more expensive than the amount they want. Not to mention that I use credit card withdrawals to pay my Rogers bills.
I can't, of course, dismiss the possibility of an error on Rogers' side, however everything suggests that is a scam:
- Company name very similar to a large and well known collection agency
- No invoice data (number, date)
- Quoting wrong service
- Unwillingness to receive cheque or money order = they don't want me to know their address
- Phone numbers not matching the ones on Rogers' records
All I can say is: It looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck. Guess what? It is a duck!