Wow, I haven't seen the ''James Brown'' alias in quite a while. Some of the celebrity names these South Asian scammers adopt as ''American-ish'' are hysterically funny. Anyway, this heinous form of extortion dressed up as debt collection is hardly a ''brand new bag''.
On 800Notes in the ''Debt Collection Calls'' forum is a thread titled ''Fake payday loan collection scams - Please list new numbers here ''. My notes and advice on the payday loan collection thugs, updated Oct 2011, can be seen on the lead page.
Here are the widely publicized FTC actions against two such scam outfits from Feb and Apr 2012: (Yes, the headlines are almost identical, but then it's hard to tell these criminal operations apart anyway.)
Court Halts Alleged Fake Debt Collector Calls from India, Grants FTC Request to Stop Defendants Who Posed as Law Enforcers
Court Halts Alleged Fake Debt Collector Calls from India, Grants FTC Request to Stop Defendants Who Often Posed as Law Enforcement