I use Vonage, and subscribe to the e-mail translation of my voice mail box. Today I got this message (from phone number 216-896-1172
): "This is Robert calling from the law office of Goodwin and Bryan. I need a return call at 1-800-223-4969
. Our hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 AM to 9 PM. Tuesdays, 8 AM to 7 PM and Saturdays, 9 AM to 1 PM EST. Once again, the phone number is 1-800-223-4969
. Please return our call. Thank you."
I am in a business where it is *possible* that an attorney *could* be calling, however, they normally leave their full name, a LOCAL number (or an actual area code) and they indicate what the call is in reference to. Being suspicious, I went to the internet to find out which firm this could be and what TYPE of cases they handle. I could find no information. I called the number and a woman answered as the "Law office of Goodwin & Bryan". I asked her where they are located. She said Cleveland, Ohio. I asked if there is a web site, and she said "I don't think so". ALL legitimate attorneys have web sites. I then looked up: ...Goodwin..Bryan...Cleveland..Ohio...and it led me to this site where I can see that there have been many complaints. I am surprised that this is a collection agency. I haven't had a balance on a credit card in about 10 years, and I pay all of my bills on time. So, needless to say, I will not call them back, and am contemplating any legal action that may be available to me.