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do not call me AGINE! 620-655-0541
none
 Jan 04th, 2013
The calling number is not useful in getting someone on the phone since all of the voicemail boxes it transfers to are full. However, I was able to find out who they are trying to reach (nobody I know) at my number and the associated account # when the automated system read the # I called from. By calling the toll-free number provided on this blog 800-925-6686, I reached an operator. I told her that they were calling a wrong # and that I wanted my number removed from their records. She transferred me to "Jean" who said she would remove my number, but began ranting at me ("that's CRAP...!!!) when I said I had to track them down on the internet since they were calling & hanging up and no live person would pick up at 319-234-6686. Since there are laws against their practices, and since Jean jumped down my throat and became obnoxious, I am not too confident that they are going to stop harassing me. Therefore, I decided to report them to the FCC. http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm If we all take a few minutes to report them, this nonsense may finally stop. Best of luck, everyone.
rappunzell
 Jul 09th, 2010
I received a telephone call from Maryland 301-882-9927. I picked up the phone, to hear a female's voice on the opposite end. I asked what the phone call is about, due to the fact that they have been constantly calling my house and leaving multiple messages on my answering machine. I do not care for the fact that they wont tell me what the phone call is about. Always a different person calling, never the same. Some of the CBE Group staff are hard to understand due to their foreign accent. Very frustrating.
Oregonian
 Nov 18th, 2009
This group has been harassing my house for the past year in a half. They tie up the line and answering machine with classical or jazz music and turn the phone to speaker phone and say hello , hello. This is very dangerous protocall, especially if 911 needed to dialed. They take control of the telephone. Its very creepy,and sometimes donot answer back. I am on the do not call list. They only tell me this is a business phone call for my father. When I press them for more info, they wont offer any. I have had enough of their harassment. Turning them in.
AnonymousOregon
 Nov 18th, 2009
Called and wanted me to confirm my name, address and part of my social security number without even identifying who they were. When I asked who was calling she hung up. When I called back I got a very rude representative. The bad part is I don't owe anybody any money except direct tv and I've tried every way known to man to communicate with them to settle the matter but I guess their foreign speaking reps can't understand a simple solution.
Anonymous
 Nov 16th, 2009
CBE called once again. I am afraid to answer calls any more. Again, this time I explained to the woman who called from CBE that I am a diabetic, and every time they raise my blood pressure for pleading to them that I am presently unemployed due to the recession and I have no money to send them; not even the $300+ they want me to send.
As I told her this; she stated "I will have to tell my supervisor about your unwillingness to pay a debt." At that- I told her "if I had that much money, I would pay it in full." She asked personal questions about my ex-fiance who was paying $135.00 a month; for which CBE charged more, wanted more, and thus, my fiance and I began to have problems - I have cried over & over about losing such a good man; a man who never raised his voice and never hit me (like the others did). She also told me that she is going to make a note to the federal supervisors that "I am DELIBERATELY avoiding their calls." I pray each time after they call that I can be strong and not commit suicide.
Anonymous
 Sep 29th, 2009
They also represent defaulted gov't student loans.
anonymous
 Sep 25th, 2009
the number was 319-833-1308

cbe group called today and yesterday didn't leave a message. I called them back and spoke to "Sandy", told her to take my phone number out of their database. "Sandy" was talking over me trying to hang up before I could tell her to stop calling my number; the person they are looking for doesn't live here. I hurriedly told them not to call my number anymore.

anonymousous is correct--I had a hard time getting through but finally prevailed.
me
 Sep 11th, 2009
Also call from 319-274-1904 and never leave a message. They call from as early as 7 am to as late as almost 9 pm. Tried to call back and most times says call cannot be completed at this time. I finally got it to ring today and voicemail said CBE Group.
Anonymousous
 Jul 15th, 2009
they are calling for a person who is dead 2 years ago, not a clue who they are.
D
 May 08th, 2009
They called, refused to tell me what it was about, said it was a 'personal financial matter.' When I asked what it was about, he refused to tell me until I identified myself. I asked what he would do if I refused to answer his questions until he told me the nature of the call. He said he would continue to call me. This is harrassment, and I do not even know what it is for. I've been scammed before, so I hung up and researched the phone number 319-274-1910), saw it was some sort of collection agency. From what I've read, I'm glad I did not give them any personal information.
Robert
 May 05th, 2009
I received a call Friday, April 10, 2009 at 8:10 A.M. from "Ashley" of the CBE Group requesting to verify my address & SSN#. When I inquired what this information was needed for, I was told that it was regarding "a personal business manner". The caller was unwilling to give any further information and I refused to verify anything without a more complete explanation. The number on my caller ID was 319-833-1308.
JDH
 Apr 11th, 2009
This company calls looking for some one with my maiden name but they don't identify themselves or anything. They just ask is this the so and so who lived at Street and number. I keep asking them to identify themselves and they don't. I mean I'm not going to say no this is so and so at this other address since I don't know if they are fishing for information or if they are a collection agency and they got the wrong person.
Brown
 Mar 28th, 2009
This company has been calling our number for months - 3-5 times daily. Most of the time when you answer the phone you get a dial tone. The one time we have talked to someone, they asked for someone who doesn't live here. We have had this phone number for 6 years. My husband told them that information and they are still calling repeatedly.
Tami
 Feb 26th, 2009
These people have been calling me for months, but each time ask for a different person. I've asked repeatedly that they quit calling. My new tact is to call them back and ask for mgmt. If I waste their time, perhaps they'll quit wasting mine.
When they call, ask for names, then call back at other times and get that person on the phone. Re-emphasize that you want them to quit calling your number. Never, ever give them anything personal. They're scum of the earth phishers, who obviously have no skills whatsoever.
Names in WDM, Ia office are Dennis Uhlenhopp and Kim Passick.
Tony
 Dec 10th, 2008
I am getting calls from these people daily. Sometimes up to 5 times in a 24 hour period. I finally answered and asked them what they wanted, they said they were calling to collect a debt from a person I do not know. I told them I am the only person that resides at this address, and I have had this same telephone number for nearly 5 years. She said she would make a note of it, then they had enough nerve to call back 8 more times today for that same person!
William
 Sep 22nd, 2008
Called my 89 year old next door neighbor. Harassed her telling her they wanted her to give them my SS# and asked for hers. Told her they needed to talk to me about "A Personal Business Matter". Great company, harassing an 89 year old woman.
Gerry
 Aug 15th, 2008
Repeated calls one after another, in which is harrassing and if I am correct may be affecting the FDCPA law
Tammy
 Jun 21st, 2008
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

BEWARE IT
TDK
 Mar 28th, 2008
Here is some additional info:

The BBB reports on businesses, both accredited and non-accredited. If an organization is a BBB Accredited business, it is stated in this report BBB Definition:

report - A summary of activity reflected in a company's BBB file. Includes basic business background, BBB Accreditation information, and BBB complaint activity over the previous three years. Also reports may include any known government actions, advertising issues or other information that results from activity conducted by the BBB.
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Name: The C B E Group Inc
Phone: 319-234-6686
Address: 131 Tower Park Drive - STE 100
Waterloo, IA 50701-9374
Website: www.cbegroup.com
Original Business Start Date: January 1933
Principal: Mr Tom Lockard, Regulatory Compliance Officer
Customer Contact: Mr Tom Lockard, Regulatory Compliance Officer - 319-234-6686
Entity: Corporation
Incorporated: July 2001, IA
TOB Classification: Collection Agencies

I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau www.bbb.org and plan to start calling Tom Lockard daily until they stop their harrassment.
LJB
 Mar 22nd, 2008
The C B E Group Inc
131 Tower Park Drive - STE 100
Waterloo, IA 50701-9374
319-234-6686
file a complaint with the BBB at www.bbb.org & the FTC at 1-877-382-4357.
Robin
 Feb 28th, 2008
They call and ask for someone I've never heard of. I had to threaten to commit suicide on the phone if they called again. Funny... they haven't called back.
Lynn
 Feb 05th, 2008
319-274-1910 calls my house too and asks for a name I have never heard of.
Erin
 Nov 19th, 2007
Easy. If you don't want to recieve calls from them simply spend a couple of bucks to send a REGISTERED letter to them demanding they stop contacting you. Make sure you have a tracking number so you have proof. Keep a copy for yourself. The letter must say something like:
****************************************
Dear Thomas Penaluna CEO,
Persuant to the Federal Fair Debt Collection Act, I am demanding your company stop contacting me. My phone numbers are : XXX-XXX-XXXX, XXX-XXX-XXXX, and XXX-XXX-XXXX.
Thank you
Mr. XXXXXXXXXX
****************************************
Then send the letter to :
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna


This is enough. If after a few weeks they keep calling you, just call the Iowa Attorney General. They'll help you out.
Mark
 Oct 31st, 2007
Justin Saiz... didn't work in there medical department. he didn't even work in the waterloo office... read the paper
to reno
 Aug 01st, 2007
Heh, this company has called repeatedly over a medical bill. They repeatedly asked for checking account and credit card information, and I consistently refused. After much ado, they agree to take a money order. They did not, however, give me a name to make it payable to.

They called again, this time with threatening language and a demeaning tone, so I stirred pot by calling them "dumbasses" and telling them it's their own fault if they didn't provide the necessary information. You know, some guy was recently fired from there for abusive behavior.
reno
 Jul 31st, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna

Telephone harassment is illegal, file complaints, go to court, what ever, make these jerks pay!!!
rg
 Feb 07th, 2007
"Iowa Call" 8;39 and 8:46
My zip code is 06096.
This # was on my called ID . I spoke to a woman asking for my long time X-husband? Why are they calling me? A few minutes later they called back looking 2 names I never heard of.
Sharon
 Jan 23rd, 2007
I like the "Craigslist" idea but FYI this is a collection agency.

I'm getting someone else's calls and they won't stop even when I tell them it's the wrong number. I filed a complaint with Better Business. The company is:

The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO's name: Thomas Penaluna
Kevin
 Dec 29th, 2006
These peple continue to call even though it's a wrong number. If you're having a similar problem here is their contact information:

The CBE Group Inc.
131 Tower Park Drive
Suite 100
Waterloo, IA 50701
800-925-6686
319-234-6686
CEO: Thomas Penaluna
Kevin
 Dec 29th, 2006
Just for reference, they are also calling from another number... 319-234-6686.

Similiar info can be found by looking up that number at this site. Also, notice on the maps that ALL of these calls are made to out-of-state locations across the US.

If you are being subjected to "collections" by this company, simply ignore them. Unless you live within the state of Iowa itself, they have no legal jurisdiction over you and cannot force you to pay a single penny to them whatsoever.
Leslie
 Nov 29th, 2006
CBE Group also uses another number that can be found on this site as well 319-274-1910). Seems like they are using auto-dialers to make a majority of these calls since no one is there when you answer your phone.

To file a complaint against CBE Group, go to to the Federal Trade Commision's website at www.ftc.gov for an online form. Also, file a complaint against them with the Iowa State Attorney General's Office (find their site on google.com). These two government agencies handle consumer complaints against such companies that harrass you with such repeated calls. They will be dealt with appopriately with lawsuits and massive fines if enough complaints are filed against them with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); while the Iowa AG's office will send them letter's of warning.

Remember folks, the FTC was established by the government as a consumer protection agency. Use them!
Leslie
 Nov 29th, 2006
The CBE Group, Inc.
DBA Credit Bureau Enterprises
PO Box 900
Waterloo, IA 50701-0900
Phone: (319) 234-6686
Fax: 319-235-1996
Branches: IA; IL

CEDAR VALLEY SOCCER OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION

PHIL WATSON
3928 SPRUCE HILL
CEDAR FALLS, IA 50613

Home: 319-268-1824
Work: (319) 234-6686
Anonymousous
 Aug 27th, 2006
This is CBE Group, Inc. A collection agency. They're bad, but not NCO Financial bad.
Reverend Lee
 Aug 27th, 2006
I have received numerous calls from various numbers that list Iowa Call in the name field of my caller ID.
Mike
 Aug 26th, 2006

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