I got the same call from "federal student education loan" wanting personal info. I was alarmed when he asked if " I was young and what I was majoring in". I asked why he needed this info and he hung up. Be aware they have also tried asking my mother and father information but also hung up pn them when they questioned him. --very aggervating.
There are several ways in which companies get your name and info. One of the biggest ways is through other lead generating companies who usually get their info from the credit bureaus who sell your information to them. I know this is common in the mortgage industry. All a company has to do is contact one of the credit bureaus and ask for criteria such as your name, address, phone number and approximately how much in student loan debt you have. Being as how scholastic funding group is mentioned as a client of Teremedia (above Post) I assume they purchase their information from this group and this group in turn collects information probably from sources such as the bureaus and possibly from Kaplin and other sources. I think your best bet is to call up teramedia and request to get off of their marketing list. They are the ones selling these people your information and I assume if we bug the source enough, they may quit selling leads to companies who abuse telemarketing calling practices.
I also received a call from an asian-sounding woman from the Scholastic something corp. She said she was with the federal department of education and that, being that I'm a college student (I made the mistake of telling her) am qualified to get reduced rates on my loans. She verified my address, name, and home number and needed my federal loan account number which she said is the same as my social security number to finalize the transaction. I was uncomfortable with giving my ss# but she reassured me that this message was recorded by the department of education and that we both would be transferred to them. I still wasn't comfortable but she kept insisting that it was legit. I asked her for a number and name so that I could call her back. She gave me the number 201-266-0092
, when asked for a name, said a name real quick that sounded like Cair (rhymes with air), said she'll try back tomorrow, and hung up real quick before i could say anything. I too have taken kaplan related exams for a teaching credential (the cbest and cset). Maybe that's how that received my info. BASTARDS! STOP.. PLEASE!
`Coc_ suckers Keep asking for Joesph
companies like this purchase leads from other companies who do their research and get your information. Here is the phone and fax number to teramedia as well as an email address. I say we cut them off at the source.
Ask for michael Barnes
Just confirmed, Scholastic funding group is a client of teramedia.
One more thing, While I can only guess, being as how this guy registered their website and seems to be part of a lead generation company that sells data for people with student loans, it may be worth checking out. http://lists.teramedia.com/market?page=research/datacard&id=176767
Here is more info from their website.
801 N. Magnolia
Orlando, Florida 32803
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: SCHOLASTICFUNDINGGROUP.COM
Created on: 01-Sep-05
Expires on: 01-Sep-08
Last Updated on:
Registrant, Domain email@example.com
Scholastic Funding Group
One University Plaza
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Registrant, Domain firstname.lastname@example.org
Scholastic Funding Group
One University Plaza
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
Domain servers in listed order:
Lets start placing their 866 number on various lead sites where they will be called numerous times a day. If you see any of these mortgage websitesor any other lead that asks for a number, put theirs in it.
Try calling 866-362-5659
and ask for the supervisor. Then state that you want removed from their call list and that each time they call get the name of the person making the call and their supervisors name then call the above listed number to report what has happened - this company is owned by Kaplan (ACT, SAT) testing services.
The Scholarship funding group is a fraudulent company and my experience is not even worth mentioning. Please donot give anything about yourself . Best of luck.
kris krishnan Jun 28th, 2007
I have been called on saturday afternoon by some Asian woman, I told her to call back later.I have been recieving lots of phone calls like this since 3 months before graduated. Im sick of it it. THey called again this morning at 7:30. Thanks to everyone on this site. I have had so many calls about consoldating my student loans I do not know what to believe anymore. Put my number on the no-call list this morning. Leave my fucking cell phone alone.
these assholes keep calling at all times of the day and night... i graduated 11 yrs ago and have no loans yet when i tell them this, they argue with me. i asked for proof and they hung up BUT called back the next day. i spoke with james who is very arrogant and told me if i cant pay my debts then i should not have gotten into them. I HAVE NO DEBTS AND WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS!!! HE ASKED IF I WAS SINGLE AND MAYBE I NEED A MAN TO TAKE CARE OF ME!!!! I HAVE SOOOOOOOOOO HAD IT
Hate Phones Jun 01st, 2007
i spoke with some guy named James and asked him to take me off their list and he HAD THE NERVE TO ASK ME IF I WAS SINGLE CAUSED I SOUNDED ATTRACTIVE!!!! THEY CALL EVERY DAY AT ALL HOURS NOW THIS!!!! I HAVE REPORTED THEM TO EVERY FRAUD COMPANY
5x in 3 weeks asking for someone I've never heard of. I've spoken 3x to their sup but even 1 sup asked "Do I have a girlfriend?" The people at 866-362-5659
sound sympathetic, but we'll see if their DO NOT CALL list works. The NJ BBB says they have an "unsatisfactory record":
So I just recieved a call from these guys. At first they seemed legit, had all of my info and I (sadly and embarassingly enough) did give my SS# out (after much haggling with what sounded like an oriental woman). She put me on hold to talk to a loan supervisor, and I was disconnected. So I looked it up here and saw all the talk of this being a scam! is there anything I can do now that they have my ss#?!
They have been calling me almost every day between 8 and 9:30 p.m. for a few months now- if I don't answer they call back every 5-10 minutes until 9:30 - sometimes when I answer they hang up - other times they keep trying to give me options for a student loan I do not or have ever had - I have told them to quit calling me - I'm thinking of filing some kind of a harrassment complaint to the phone company to keep them from calling me! What's the deal????
This is the number for Scholastic Student Loans...they have been calling me for six months non stop
They have been calling atleast 4 or 5 times a day leaving no message and when I do answer and ask them not to call back they have not listened. A woman named Jilly from Scholastic Funding Group just called and I told her never to call me back again. I hope to God they stop calling!
They have called my house several times the lady said she needed my ss# to see if I qualify for a reduction in my student loan payment I told her I don't give out my ss#. She was very persistent, I told her I was not interested,and I hung up, she kept calling back but I did not answer, they are a fraud trying to get peoples ss# to steal your identity.
They've been calling for a few weeks now, I haven't answered because I didn't recognize but they call no less than 4 times a day so today I answered to ask to be removed from their call list. They offer to reduce student loans, they ask for SS#, don't give it to them, they won't let it drop. I must have asked no less than 7 or 8 times to be removed from their list but she kept pushing. Finally my husband took the phone and asked to talk to a supervisor. He had to ask 3 or 4 times because she started her bit on him and he kept asking for a supe and she ended up hanging up on him. We called the number back and it goes to a "this mailbox is full" message.
Who is the dumbass that believed that calling this fraudulant company and request they remove my number from their call list is "problem solved"? oh yeah some dumbass named p Dizzle or p diddy or diddy p dumbass
I have been receiving calls from this alleged Scholastic Funding Group from the bogus number 201-266-0092
. They will not give me a number, address only a bogus website as a reference to their business. I reported them to the AZ Attorney General's office. I urge everyone to do the same.
I dont know where they have my name from but these people knew all my info! and I kept telling him to mail me out the info he said I had to give him refrences for him to mail me out info how stupid does he think I am I hung up on him.
They have been calling twice a day. Usually between 8-9am and 4-6 pm.
They have been calling me for the past 2 weeks. I have not answered the calls. I just got feed up with it and tried calling it back only to get a busy signal. It is a real pain in the A@#.
They called me 5 times in a row at least 20 minutes in between each call. This has benn going on for about 4 days now. I call back but the line is always busy. Who are you people?
I have received two calls back to back without a voice message. I just received my first of the day. I am on the national do not call registry, yet this still occurs. Not to mention, I pay for incoming calls to my cell phone. Sarcastic Thanks, Kaplan.
Terese Lutgen Feb 23rd, 2007
the funny thing is i didn't have anything to do with kaplan and they have my number some how. there has to be some other leak some where.
Thanks for posting all these msgs. I just started recieving calls from this number too, and before I answered, I googled it and found out that I'm about be unwillingly thrust into a world of annoyance. I also completed a Kaplan LSAT course! Apparantly they didn't feel like they had ripped me off enough with their b@l1sh1t course, they also sold my personal info. Go fig.
I think I have a solution. I prupose that everyone take a dump in plastic bag, put it in a box and then mail it to Kaplan headquarters. Don't use your own name or address or anything. Use your local waste management's or be creative with it. And if you can't bring yourself to use your own feces, I suggest using your dogs' or cats' at least. We'll call the campaign "Kraplan" It's about time we fought back. Who's with me?
I recieved 2 calls late at night and when I returned the call the female said she never called my number.
They keep calling me and hanging up. One time they called me and said it was "an important matter" as if they were attempting to collect a debt.
There's a scam going around - they're not Kaplan or test prep or Scholastic anything - they're just trying to steal people's credit card info. You guys should try contacting the Kaplan person who posted here and report the people who are trying to scam you!
you new ppl at the end of the list need to scroll up and read about the callers, how to stop them, how to file complaints against them, and how kaplan whored out your info to scammers.
I get two calls a day. 15 minutes apart most of the time. i've called the number back and it's either busy or just keeps ringing. It is driving me crazy.
Called at numerous time asking for personal info regarding student loans. Report these shady people! Asked them to remove me from their calling list.
I have received several calls from this number in Englewood, NJ in which they would just hang up after I answered. Today on a Saturday early evening I received yet another call from this number. I answer and they asked for my husband. We have no idea what this is about or who these people are and they said my husband had a student loan and needed some information. I hang up and decided to check out this number. I called back only to either get a busy signal or it would ring constantly. NO ANSWER! I find out about all the reports on this SCAM number. Is this being taken care of? Why is this still going on?
They have already called me 3 times today and when I try to call them back they won't pick up.
Hi, I am Mark Freidberg, VP of operations for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. Thanks to those of you who have brought this problem to our attention. From reading some of these postings, I can certainly see why people are so annoyed. We are doing everything we can to get to the bottom of this and have taken steps to make sure that no one is improperly accessing or using our students’ info. I don’t know if these callers have gotten your numbers from Kaplan, but I want you all to know that we are looking into this and will do everything we can to stop them. If you have additional information on this or further concerns, please email me directly at MHFreidberg@kaplan.com.
Called twice tonight, didn't pick up...i knew it was something shady
They call and hang up. I call back and its a busy signal. Who the heck are they?
I'm just so irritated about this--we need to do something. All of you do some homework and let's find out if Kaplan violated their privacy statement. Also, if you know attorneys, find out if this can be qualified as harassment.
The problem is this: I don't know if there are any legal avenues that we can pursue. They haven't threatened us--just driven us to the brink of insanity. Are you guys on the do not call list? If so, have the calls continued? Does anyone know what the FCC can do? I don't necessarily want to go the lawsuit route because there's a large chance we won't win and also there's a slim chance a lawyer would do this on contingency. I am definitely never going to refer anyone to Kaplan. If you haven't done so already, get on the do not call list and file a complaint with the FCC.
billybobjohnny Feb 15th, 2007
Hey, I am down for a lawsuit if it is possible. Hell we may own Kaplan by the time it is over!
They called me today at 8:13 pm and earlier today and also yesterday. I answer everytime they call but they never say hello or anything.
they ended up calling me more than 10 times in one day from 8am to 9pm. the last time they called i told them off and threatened to call the police if they called again. it's been almost two weeks with no call.
Anybody up for a class-action lawsuit? Is that even possible? They call 1000 times and hang up. I finally got a hold of some outsourced cold caller that immediately told me not to hang up and put me on hold. I was told I would be taken off their list by Doug, and the calls continued for another two weeks. A month passed. Now the calls have started again. I talked with Terrance, who assured me I would be taken off their list. I have received even more calls since then. I filed a complaint with the FCC. During my filing of a complaint I received a call. Now I'm here. Holy crap make it stop.
Billybobjohnny Feb 14th, 2007
They called me about student loans and a 5-6 times called and hanged up!
They have called me about 10 times today and wont stop. I keep getting a busy signal when i call back.
They called me twice in the past hour today on my cell phone, hanging up both times. I saved their number and set the ring tone to silent so even if they do call again, it won't bother me. Bunch of Jerks.
I took Kaplan also. These people have been calling 7-8 times per day.I answered the 2nd time and asked the guy to take mt name off the list. He was very rude and hung up. My mission now is to get this group.
Okay, they've called me about 100 times (they being the evil fraudsters at 201-266-0965. Often late at night. They'll do anything to keep YOU quiet and compliant as they hussle you toward a BOGUS deal.
I asked for a number a return number - they gave me 888-633-5237
(they got SUPER nervous when I started demanding info), then I demanded the name of a Supervisor. She said her name is Donna Martin (though she may have said "Sonya") and that her supervisor's name is Kenneth Barker of the Scholastic Funding Group. If you visit their website http://www.scholasticfundinggroup.com you will see there is NO contact/company info beyond an additional 888 number (which probably just traces your phone info into their data bank). If anyone reading this deals with information policy/fraudulent lending, please, please, please look into this. One additional thing I'd love to know: how are they acquiring our academic status? Our buddy "Donna" knew I was a grad student. I shall be quite pissed if I find out my viable loan companies is rendering my contact information to these charlatans.
I have been called 13 times from this number in the last 3 days! When I answer it no one is there and they never leave a message. They also are listed as unknown.
Monica Helt Feb 14th, 2007
Called my office at 12:35PM on a Saturday, did not leave a message.
They've called me 7 times in the past 2 hours, and it started at 9:45 MST...Who are they?
Called me at 8:40 PM on Tuesday Feb 13, 2007. When I answered nobody answered me so I hung up and called them back.
I'd ask that everyone send a short and pointed email to Mr. Jonathan Grayer, Kaplan CEO, thanking him for whoring off our private info and phones numbers to scammers. His email is email@example.com.
Make his day!!!
After my complaints to Scholastic, etc, I no longer get calls from 201-266-0965 but now today I started getting calls from 000-000-0000
. IN the same annoying manner, over and over and when you answer, no one is there. I got 1 person who answered, sounded Filipino, and I've apparently "won" a shopping spree, if I just proivde the 1st 12 digits of my credit card #. She had the last four digits, god knows how. I dont know if this is related to Scholastic or not, could be an entirely different ring of thieves.
Pissed off Feb 12th, 2007
They called my cell phone, then hung up when I answered which cost me minutes.
called me on feb 9th too. repeatedly, and when i call back it's busy.
I also received many calls from this company. After stupidly giving them my SS#, I called back and told them to cancel everything. I have filed a complaint with the New Jersey BBB. I also recently completed a Kaplan LSAT course.
Hmmm...I was with Kaplan for MCAT course too.
I keep getting calls from this number as well. I answer and no one is there. I also took the KAPLAN LSAT course. Sounds like KAPLAN is the common thread.
They've called several times. They hung up, the number is always busy when you call. They've asked for student loans. I would love to know who they are. There is definately something shady about them.
OMG, they call at weird time in the morning and at night. They said they are some student loans company. And go on saying interest rate going up, what not. I told them they can mail me the information, and they said they will. But before they do, they have to transfer me to another representative because he/she will tell me about some info. What the heck!!! Student loan people would definitely not call you at like 9:30pm at night. I don't even have my cell number listed on the loan forms. They are so annoying, they called me at least 10 times w/in the last 3 days already.
whoever this is, s/he (they) deserve to be killed in an exquisitely painful and demeaning manner. called me twice 08 Feb 2007, called me 5 times 09 Feb 2007, expect that number to rise. from what i've gathered with 5 minutes of searching, it's probably some idiot or group thereof making poor attempts at scamming people with access to phones out of personal information. somebody should call a government agency that has the power to do something.
This number has called me 10 times. Yes, I said it 10 times of hang ups not including the 5 times I picked up the phone. I've called back to hear a busy signal. At this point I'm considering this harrassment.
yah me too I was in KAPLAN for my GMAT prep
They called me at 10:30 am , 12:20am and 2:45pm. they are so anoyning they asked me about student loan. I didn't get his name or the company name. the best thing is to get their number and show them that you are intersting in theri offer
and call and tell them to take your name and number off their calling list
I want to get my hands on these people that keep calling me and not responding when I ask who the hell it is. I have just stopped answering, but they are persistant with the calling!
They keep calling me too! The first time they called I answered and asked to be removed from the list. But they keep calling and when I answer, they hang up.
I was in a Kaplan MCAT course over the summer too. This pisses me off.
Andrea Jacks Feb 09th, 2007
This number has called me many times for the last week and I don't answer.
This number keeps calling my phone. When I answer nobody is there. They never leave a message. When I call back the line is busy. They call me like 4 times a day.
They are trying to steal our identity. I get a call from them almost every day and the guy who calls never leaves a message and he dosent even speak english well. THEY ARE TRYING TO STEAL YOUR IDENTITY!!!!!! they had the nerve to ask for my social security number so that they can "see if my loans are consolidated" DONT FALL for it people!!!!! Report them to the ID theft hotline 1877-IDTHEFT
Is this an ID fraud case?
annoyed in OR Feb 08th, 2007
492 Cedar Ln # 6 Teaneck, NJ 07666-1713
according to the BBB of NJ they also have THIS address.
Rumored they are a subsidary of Kaplan - Let them know you think they are jerks by phone, snail or email:
Scholastic Funding Group
One University Plaza #307
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601
They have called several times. I requested they remove me from their list and stop calling. I have no need for student loan consolidation services, having finished college more than 30years ago - Morons
anyone still have their contract w/ kaplan? If so please look up what it says about sharing your personal info with other people. We might be able to go for a class action suit or cease and desist letters to get them to stop selling our info. They even have my social security # for God sake! That girl "GRRR" probably got her info taken. Hope she won't become a victim of credit fraud.
Annoying they have been calling for the last couple of weeks at all times of the day. First the caller ID said "Rochelle Park NJ" and now it says "UNKNOWN". If it really was important, they'd leave a message.
This is indeed the Scholastic Funding Group. www.scholasticfundinggroup.com To get put on their Do Not Call list, call 1-866-362-5659
. I confirmed they are currently conducting a phone blitz with Philippine Operators.
Kaplan I believe is the way this information is somehow getting distributed.
Found this site about them when I did a reverse phone lookup. Halfway through reading your posts. This time I answered the phone and spoke with some guy (thick accent)who wanted to speak to my husband about his student loan. B/c of all of the comments from you guys, I allowed him to read his script. When I ask him to give me the balance of my husband's account he said that after getting info from me, he would turn me over to a loan specialist who would have the balance. I kept questioning him about things I knew wouldn't be in the script and he told me that he would let me speak to his supervisor Miguel Rodriguez. After having some fun with him, I told him that his company had called my number many times and had not left a message and that I considered it harrassment. He got upset and told me that they had not called me before. I told him that I was taping the conversation and that I had just gone to a website about Scholastic Funding Group with many people complaining about the harassing phone calls and that if he called my number again, I would consider it harassment since my husband doesn't even have a student loan and report them to my and their State Attorney General's Office. I firmly repeated myself and said, "Are we clear?" He said yes and hung up the phone. So far, I haven't heard anything from them. I guess we'll see tomorrow if I get another call from them! BTW, my husband is not registered with anyone who would have given this company any info and has never taken a kaplan course. Wonder Mom
Wonder Mom Feb 07th, 2007
They called me about 20 times last week. I finally anwered before they hung up adn they stopped bothering me for a week, then they called again today!
Jack Higgins Feb 07th, 2007
God, what a mess. Kapaln, LSAC too....
Just took Gotham's advice after reading all of the aforementioned complaints. Here's what I did:
1) Filed online complaint with the NJ BBB
2) Filed online complaint with the FTC
3) Emailed the NY FBI office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They called in the evenings and in the morning without leaving a message. They called my mobile. Thought I put my mobile number on the DoNotCall registry, so they are breaking the law?
Called three times in the morning of 2/7/07 (8:23, 9:21, 10:18), once evening of 2/6/07 (6:48), and three times in afternoon of 2/5/07 (3:52, 5:03, 5:46). They have too much time on their hands and this has already been a waste of time for me!
I tried calling back, but line was busy.
They have called me at least 8 times (in 3 days) all hours of the day and night! HOW DO WE STOP THEM?
They called me ~15 times last week, asked them to stop and so far they have. just took kaplan but haven't registered for the GRE yet. called kaplan and they claim they don't give out #s but i have doubts.
i think i just got royally screwed. i get a call from this number and the first lady i talked to sounded filipino. she said something about consolidating student loans and that she had info about it. i wasn't sure if i had any outstanding loans (my finances were being taken care of by my parents and i recently graduated from college), so i went with it. eventually i got transfered to another lady and she said the same thing about loan consolidation. i told her i know nothing about my loans or if i even have any so she said that she could look up my info using my ss#. unfortunately i was preoccupied with doing something else and didn't even think twice to give it. she said something about not being able to find any info and suggested that it was under my parents' ss. at this point i started becoming skeptical so i didn't give any more info (very lucky i didn't). i said something like can we just call you back and she gave the following number: 866-362-3492
ext 113. i called that number and it was some random guy's answering machine. i don't even think the ext did anything. right after i got off the phone i thought to myself, "oh sh!t. what did i just do." so i get home and look up ss/identity fraud stuff/any info on this number. after reading a little bit i immediately contacted equifax and placed a fraud alert. seems like i'm the only idiot who actually gave them info. hope this doesn't screw me over for the rest of my life.
btw, i took a kaplan course also; took the mcats, too.
I recieved 15 calls from them in one day...what the heck??
So they called a 2nd time and I picked up... It was a delayed pick up like from a telemarketing agency.. I spoke with some woman who did not identify herself and she could have been in another country. She told me I had outstanding loans... and I said OK... (I have no loans whatsoever)...she then told me to hang on for 50 seconds.. Then I was connected to a smooth talking salesman telling me that they would consolidate my loans or something and get me the best rates and that my account number would be my 9 digit SS#. And then they asked me for my account number. I told the man that i didn't have any outstanding loans and that I thought they were a fraud and that I had gotten wind of this fraud online. The man was very calm in telling me that my number was given to them because I had recently taken a test.. Perhaps the MCATs sold my info?
Called twice in the past few days. Calling and hanging up. What's up with that??!!!!
Called me about 7 times now on different days, 4 times in the span of 3 hours. Never answers, and when I call back it is busy...shady.
Called us twice, once on 02-05-2007 at 9:30p and another 02-06-2007 right around the same time. Can't speak English, this HAS to be a scam. Talked about consolidating student loans and asking why I didn't yet. Don't give these people ANY INFORMATION. Also took the KAPLAN course. So either Kaplan sold the info or hackers breeched their data to setup this scam.
They called me about 10 times just today and have been calling for a few days, i answered once and they just hung up