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SAS: I suggest you read my reply to you on the LERS thread like I told you three weeks ago. I've linked to material on the FDCPA, the federal law which should be made your new best friend.

Only you can say if red-penned circles indicate anger in your office. Impatient managers everywhere should be aware that debt collection calls are never ''personal'' in the sense that employees invite them. Hostile and lawbreaking collection agencies simply love to hassle workplaces (and family members and neighbors) to create false shame, usually while knowing quite well how to contact a person directly. This sham skip tracing practice itself is illegal. Therefore any punishment should be directed at the call sources and not their targets.

Curious thing, employers are given special mention in the FDCPA. They are implied to have power to revoke call consent to PoE on your behalf. When you get around to sending Dufek a written demand, you might add a not-so-gentle reminder that calls to the workplace were verbally barred on whatever date and time.

I think you're all done calling these clowns unless you do so with the intent of gathering more FDCPA violations to use in your defense. Certainly be prepared to document every syllable if more calls arrive.
Resident47
 Nov 29th, 2011
I have now received the 3rd call at work from this phony law office from their rep Erica even though I told her and another rep who called to please remove my work number as a contact number. This time Erica left a message with my company's answering service over the holiday weekend and on Monday morning a copy of the fax which my boss receives was in my mailbox with the message from Erica circled in red..... Do I dare call her back or just wait until she tries me again at work.

RESIDENT47: any suggestions ?????
sas
 Nov 28th, 2011
Sas: Debt collectors are shy about giving away even a business name until the alleged debtor is known to be speaking. That said, they must divulge that name on request. Possibly you have an instance of deceptive practice from that rep Erica. I suggest documenting all collection calls and CID carefully in print and recording clean phone audio if possible. The name ''Scott Lowery'' is poisonous to anyone monitoring the debt collection industry.

See also my reply regarding LERS. 888-306-0514)
Resident47
 Nov 10th, 2011
Ok I know this is a debt collector so why don't they just say so.... First David Dufek law offices now Scott Lawry law offices. Keep calling my home, also called my job and I asked them to please send me something in writing young lady Erica was rude and also made it sound like she was the original owner of this debt. SHAME SHAME on them Erica is going to research my assets and attach the debt.. OH WELL
sas
 Nov 09th, 2011
Man called for a person no longer at this address or phone number. Would not leave a message other than to say his name was "Mr. Ricalde". Was offensive, profane and had the nerve to immediately call back threatening to continue to harrass. Previously have received recorded messages daily from 800-600-2610 asking for same person.
SFB
 Jan 13th, 2009
This is interesting I have also received a call from them. They say "this is a law office, you need to call back, very important!!" They give no info to why they are calling, but there voice is very stern and oh so important. I don't owe any money, but one of my family members did declare bankrupcy in california, about 2yrs. ago. Today, I received a letter from the Law office of D. Dufek saying I needed to send them $8,000. They said my account, number matched none of my accounts, had been sold and they were working on their behalf to collect the full amount. How to you get rid of them!!!????
Lin
 Sep 11th, 2008
The scam works like this. They find your info from a public bankruptcy record, they then somehow call a friend or family member and tell them to contact the law firm immediatly. When you call they list a old debt that has been discharged in bankruptcy. They ask for your bank name and account number to "verify" the debt. They say that they do not need your routing number. Well, when you give your account info they easily obtain your banks routing number. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFO AND DO NOT CALL BACK! if these fucking ass dumb ass people call me again they will with a lawsuit too also
unknown
 Jul 27th, 2008
The scam works like this. They find your info from a public bankruptcy record, they then somehow call a friend or family member and tell them to contact the law firm immediatly. When you call they list a old debt that has been discharged in bankruptcy. They ask for your bank name and account number to "verify" the debt. They say that they do not need your routing number. Well, when you give your account info they easily obtain your banks routing number. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFO AND DO NOT CALL BACK!
Edwin
 Feb 14th, 2008
A fraudlent company based in Nigeria. They will drain your accounts if you give them any info. They obtain phone numbers of family and friends from public bankruptcy records.
Carmen
 Feb 14th, 2008
This is a fradulent company! They attempt to collect debts that are listed in bankruptcy. They want you to verify your bank account information and they attempt to debit $500.00 from your account. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANY INFO!
Richard
 Feb 14th, 2008
Just spoke with Ren to settle an old account that we had. He asked why more people didn't call back so quickly and I responded with "If you weren't so rude on your voice mail, people would be more inclined to call you back". I'm guessing if I had a crappy job like this, I'd be cranky, too.
Kelly
 Feb 05th, 2008
For months I had been getting calls from the Law Office of David Dufek (located in California)- they were looking for my granddaughter but they wouldn't say why. I know why. Her father died 2 years ago and left some debts and these people were trying to collect. They must be pretty stupid because in Texas, children of a deceased parent are NOT responsible for any debts. I tried to call back but could never get a hold of anyone. Dufek has a website on which I left a message to the email address shown. It bounced. The calls continued but I ignored them. Then things quieted down... Suddenly, I get a call from the above number looking for my granddaughter. Caller ID showed "Advantage Busin(ess)"? Message left from Melissa Clark from the Law Office of David Dufek - call back number 1-800-600-2610. That number is Davis Law Associates and DUFEK is an associate. Here we go again! I googled Advantage Business and got many hits but none associated with Dufek or Davis Law Associates.
Dot
 Nov 10th, 2007
this is an attorney, here is his info:
David Dufek
Address:
2655 Camino Del Rio N
San Diego, CA
92108-1633
Phone: 619-222-5886
Ed
 Aug 08th, 2007
Supposedly law office of david duffett- not online, number doesn't come up online, david duffett is an IP guy! completely bogus just a bill collector
Megan
 Aug 08th, 2007
This is a"law office" or bill collector but very rude and dishonest. DO NOT GIVE ANY PERSONAL INFO (bank acct, work info and if you tell them not to call you there they still will.)
Mike
 Jul 18th, 2007

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