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Hey Seymour, will you likely be better off shutting your piehole and not spamming every other day about Syria?
Resident47
 Feb 29th, 2012
Keeps calling,informed them my telephone number is on the National do not call list they just say too bad we will call anytime we want. Months later they are still calling. This number ALWAYS appears within minutes of another annoying caller "Brightkey" who has the number of 301-604-3305 who also has a credit card scam they are operating. I encourage all who get these calls to go to the National Do Not Call List & report them.
KJ
 Jun 14th, 2010
When you're in not good state and have no cash to get out from that point, you will have to receive the personal loans. Just because that should help you for sure. I get term loan every single year and feel great just because of it.
SimpsonCara20
 Jun 02nd, 2010
First time I've ever received a call from them, they claim to be "Merchant Credit" or something like that and attempting to collect on a debt. Am sure it's not a legitimate debt since I'm current on all my bills. Might even be for someone else since the name they gave is close to mine, but not exactly the same. Oh well, they won't be hearing back from me anyway. I don't answer calls like this. They want to contact me, they can do so through the mail. (Which they haven't.)
Anon
 Nov 14th, 2009
This company is a bottom feeder company.
no name
 Oct 16th, 2009
This has started with MY cell phone, they are looking for my X husband on a debt that is nearly 15 years old and that they can not legally collect. They leave a msg, demand that you call back. I told this man that the person that they are looking for is not me, it is my X, the guy had the nerve to tell me that I was responsible for his debts (ha, my name wasn't even on that account) and I told him that it was nearly 15 years old and they can't even attempt to collect it, it is illegal and I gave him my attorney's name and number and told him to never call again ... he called again, I sent the info to my attorney, no calls since then but doesn't mean he will stop.
Yvette
 Oct 16th, 2009
I thought I'd gotten rid of these criminals. Some months ago they were calling me daily. They finally stopped, and I assumed they had given up. No such luck. I guess the idiots figured that my guard would be down, and I would be easy bait. I'm really tired of people who think that the telephone *I* pay for is a cash generator for them.
What I'd like to see some day is bill collectors being classed in the same group as telemarketers, to the point that they would have to follow the same rules (the do not call list, verbal notification being used to stop their calls, and so on). As it is right now, bill collectors are just telemarketers that can legally practice extortion.
Frink
 Sep 16th, 2009
They keep leaving a message asking for someone who doesn't live here. I have talked to them a few times by answering or calling back to have them remove me from their calling list. I was told at least 3 times they would remove my number but they keep calling. Call is from Merchant Credit Guide - collection agency.
Dee
 Aug 15th, 2009
Called and left a message for a stranger that I have no relation to what so ever. I'm assuming this douchebag is also the reason I get calls from other "shady" credit companies. At least this # left a name they were looking for, so I knew not to worry.

This was their first time calling, maybe this dude's debt got shifted from the old crappy company. I'm betting now i'll get calls from this # all the time. Dammit.
J
 Jul 15th, 2009
This phone number is for a "bottom feeder" debt collection agency, trying to collect on old debts that are past the statute of limitations for collection. They will use whatever means possible to obtain your information. If you do pay them, it is possible the payment will show up on your credit report as a paid overdue account, and will be there for seven years. Also, these "bottom feeders" continually change their 800 phone numbers. Remember, if you call them on an 800 number, they will have the number you are calling from.

Other 800 numbers from these bottom feeders (google them for more information):800-860-0644; 877-803-0008; 800-772-1413; 800-654-8818; 757-519-9300; 215-441-3000; 215-441-3000 / 800-220-2274 / 800-709-8613; 800-685-4343 / 800-229-7670 / 888-550-4514; 888-249-4134 / 866-352-0237 / 312-360-3000; 888-656-7870; 800-754-0837; 800-651-4577; 516-714-1300; 877-982-0001; 860-242-7585 or 877-588-3630.
Mark A.
 Jun 25th, 2008
No one answered when I picked up the phone. This is the second call I've received from this number.
Catherine
 Jun 23rd, 2008
Have received several calls from this number recently 888-249-1033, but havent' answered. All of our numbers are on the Natl Do No Call Registry, so I just filed a 2nd complaint on this company. To file a complaint go to this link. It's very simple to do. If enough people complain, maybe something will be done. https://www.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx
Di
 Dec 20th, 2007
now this numer is giving out another number to call
866-347-0736
tj
 Aug 29th, 2007
UPON ANSWERING THE PHONE AN AUTOMATED VOICE SAYS...THIS IS AN IMPORTANT CALL FOR CIxxx M. BARRxxx, IF THIS IS CIxxx M. BARRxxx, THEN PLEASE STAY ON THE PHONE TO SPEAK WITH A REPRESENTATIVE, IF THIS IS NOT CIxxx M. BARRxxx, PLEASE PRESS 9 TO HAVE THIS NUMBER REMOVED FROM OUR SYSTEM...I PRESSED 9, AND THE MESSAGE CONTINUED UNTIL THE NEXT BREAK IN THE SEQUENCE, THEN I PRESSED 9 AGAIN, AND THEN THE AUTOMATED VOICE SAID THANK YOU YOUR NUMBER HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM OUR SYSTEM.
INTEGRITY
 Jun 06th, 2007
Numerous calls from ken hughes stating that we owe money, bogus by all accounts. Beware.
George
 Jun 05th, 2007
keep getting call for someone that does not live at this number..they were told that they do not live here and to quit calling this number..I GET A CALL EVERY DAY.
howard
 Jun 05th, 2007
ken hughes has a bullit with his name on it.
pissed
 Jun 05th, 2007
Mulitple calls from Ken Hughes to my cell phone with ladies voice: Please call 888.249.1037. I called and asked them to remove my phone number. The person they wanted was Mark Gonzales. NOT ME! Mr. Jones was pleasant and removed my number from their database. Fin?
NOT_Mark
 Jun 04th, 2007
How do we stop it?
Mrs R.F.Jones
 Jun 03rd, 2007
I receive this call on a daily basis. I answered it one time and they wanted to know if there was an Issac at this number. I told them no. They said they would take my name off the list. Two days later I get a call from the same 866-352-0237 number, but this time they ask for Morgan. The number they leave to call back is different from the number on the caller ID. This has been going on for months. I am sick of it.
RBS
 Jun 01st, 2007
One of my best friend's is in charge of the fraud unit at the Dept. of Justice in Washington, D.C. I've emailed him this page.

Ken Hughes messed with the wrong guy.
Kirk
 May 31st, 2007
I looked up Ken Hughes on the Illinois web site and his license has been invouluntarily dissolved since 1994. Why is he able to operate in good standing under a different name? I also looked up Merchants Credit guide on the same web site and I noticed eventhough they are in good standing, they have also been known as Creditors Account Service and Creditors Account Service Inc. and both were involuntarily dissolved.
Aren't they all operating illegally?
Char
 May 30th, 2007
They call asking for someone that doesn't even live here. Even though I tell them that they still keep calling. I figure that person had this number before I did, but I've had it for about 2 years now.
Wolfe
 May 30th, 2007
Scam call from Merchant's Credit Guide Company. Canned recorded message from "Ken Hughes". Do NOT call them back!!
Sam
 May 30th, 2007
Reading the comments, I don't owe any money, so I should not be in any collection agency data base they did leave a message as though I called them but deleted it before I heard the whole message.
Eilene
 May 25th, 2007
I got one of those calls every day for two weeks now. One time they leave a message and then they don't. It getting really ignoring. I wish someone would do something about them.
B
 May 25th, 2007
I am ddisabled elderly womnan and this man got the last 4 numbers of my husbands ssn. I realized too late that this call was a scam. I wish I new who to report it to. :/
mscarol
 May 25th, 2007
"It is important that you contact Ken Hughes at 866 352 0237. This is not a solicitation or sales call, once again, it is important that you call K....."
I don't answer to recordings. If they want to talk to me they can call directly. Also, I'm not behind in any of my bills so this can't me for me anyway.
Wolfe
 May 24th, 2007
Got the same message as the others. Nothing but a scam.
Williams
 May 22nd, 2007
Received several of these "Ken Hughes" message. I never called back--figured it was a scam.
vik
 May 19th, 2007
this is from merchants credit card according to the recording when the system answered the phone. I truely feel the are running a scam!!!!!!!
Marcy
 May 18th, 2007
Very annoying. Won't stop calling.
Mary
 May 17th, 2007
Here is Ken Hughes, Merchant's Credit Guides' email address. info@merchantscreditguide.com
I'm sending them a love note right now
Patty
 May 16th, 2007
Like others, I have received the same recorded phone calls from Ken Hughes. I recently checked my credit history and have no debts which would prompt collection. As I am on the do not call registry, I have filed a complaint.
Dean
 May 15th, 2007
This number just called my house about 20 minutes ago. It was asking for my dad so I decided to ask questions. Where is the caller calling from and etc? The person on the line said they were calling from a "Collections Agency." So I decided to Google the number and I find all this information about the scam. My house has received numerous phone calls from this number already. How do we stop them from calling us?
Jennifer
 May 14th, 2007
Same message...important to call Ken Hughs...blah blah blah
K
 May 12th, 2007
This machine won't keep calling... Ken Hughes sucks! I get the same message as everyone... I don't have any debt with anything and if I did I would like to be given more details on a machine message... at least the name of the company... STOP KEN HUGHES
Vamp
 May 12th, 2007
I sued a collection agency 3 years ago for telephone harrassment by following federal guidelines. I got a good out of court settlement. My story appeared in a major New York daily newspaper. No remedies that others have written about here will work. Only going to court will, and you don't need a lawyer. I can be contacted at mg2006@gmail.com
gm
 May 11th, 2007
"This is an important call for and they stated my name. If you want to speak to a representative, then press 1 or if you want your number removed, press 9." I pressed 9, because I had no clue who it was and do not like getting this type of call!!!!"
Matt
 May 10th, 2007
Everyone should call Kenneth Hill, SVP Operations for Merchants' Credit Guild early in the morning or late at night on his cell phone 312-925-0013) or during the day atvhis office 312-895-3704) and ask for Ken Hughs.
Rhen
 May 03rd, 2007
Same message as the rest here... Ken sounds angry lol
It left a message on my machine. Deleted & Ignored
Urbana IL
 May 03rd, 2007
Do not call back. Waste of time. Instead read some of the messages here and file a complain with attorney general: http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/contacts.html
Hopefully when they receive enough complains they will investigate and do something about it.
joe
 May 02nd, 2007
Recorded voice asked for some random name and then said if this is not the correct number to reach her at please press 9. i wasnt sure if this would connect my line to something bad so I hung up.
Sam
 May 01st, 2007
Exactly the same as others!
Brenda
 Apr 24th, 2007
Using several phone numbers, from several states, they've been calling me (for roughly seven years now) about a debt from 1977, which has been paid in full, check cleared, the whole works. May I please say thanks to you and to everyone with comments about these, uh, I can't think of a word defining them.... I'm 72 years old and they almost hospitalized me, because I believed they could take everything I have, which isn't much to start with.Thank you, all of you.
Charles
 Apr 20th, 2007
The message said at first in a woman's voice...
"This is a message for"...and then there was long silence and no name was ever given. The in a man's voice...
"It is important that you contact Ken Huges at 888-249-4134. This is not a sales call or solicitation. Once again it is important that you contact Ken Hughes in regards to a personal business matter at 888-249-4134.
C.P.
 Apr 18th, 2007
The person on the phone outright acused me of having an account with them. I explain several times before I never had an account with that company.They say they were from Merchants Bank.
John
 Apr 17th, 2007
This caller keeps calling my number and asking for a celia adams or cecilia adams and there is no one here by that name and they have called alot in the last 3 months.
Chris
 Apr 17th, 2007
I received the "Ken Hughes" recorded message from 866-352-0237 but the message said to call 888-249-4134 back.
California
 Apr 17th, 2007
It should be illegal to have a recording answer the phone, as do so many stinking telemarketers. There's no way to be put on a "do not call" when no person ever answers. Plus, they keep asking for someone who doesn't live here. Nice. All hours, any day. If I forget to look at caller ID, I'm greeted with silence or a their stupid recording. GRRRRRRR. What can we do?
Terri
 Apr 13th, 2007
They left a message the first couple of times, and since then, just calls, no message. If I'm home when the call comes, I simply pick up the phone and lay it down so they have to pay for the connection, but I don't listen to them.

However, after reading the comments, I might see who they're trying to reach & let them know I'll be sending a registered letter.

Also found this info for the Illinois Secretary of State - he might appreciate some comments, because they're in "good standing" with the State of Illinois!

Contact Information
Jesse White, Secretary of State
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62706

their website:
CYBERDRIVEILLINOIS.COM

thanks to everyone who posted such helpful info about these rude people who call before 9am! and this website...
Slee
 Apr 07th, 2007
again! ugh!
Jimena
 Mar 27th, 2007
same as the other folks........music, or hold for next representative..not a bill, and no one answers.can this stuff be stopped???
bruce
 Mar 23rd, 2007
I got a call from these guys too... they left a message on my answering machine that said if it didn't hang up in 3 seconds then I am acknowledging that I am the person they are looking for to collect money from. I guess the basic functioning of an answering machine is beyond their knowledge... When I called the number and asked the guy how an answering machine is supposed to do that, he just kept saying 'I don't know how your machine works maam'. Best bet is to call back and tell them you are not the person they are looking for and they will take your number off their list- hopefully.
AMV
 Mar 21st, 2007
I've got call block on my phone for any number that calls and this piece of sh__uses another line to call my house. I pay my bills. If I find out who is responsible for this....they're DEAD!!!!!!!!
Lee
 Mar 21st, 2007
Ken Hughes recording. They are looking for my ex-husband of more than 14 years.
They removed my name from there list. They are indeed a debt collector.
Good luck finding my ex-husband Ken. He OWES ME $$$$ also....
Patty
 Mar 20th, 2007
i got a call from the 866 # saying to call back chris miller, that this is not a solicitation and this is a very important business matter. i received a letter ("statement" if you will) in oct. 06 and they call almost everyday. but this is on my CR. how do i get it off????
Stephanie
 Mar 20th, 2007
This recorded message told me to call Chris Miller and that was important. I have been getting these calls for months!
Les
 Mar 20th, 2007
"It is important that you contact Ken Hughes at 866 352 0237. This is not a solicitation or sales call, once again, it is important that you call Ken Hughes at 866 352 0237." ....same as everyone else, it's a scam probably some homeless guy in a cardboard box trying to scam people. When you tell them the person doesn't live there and they keep calling, IT'S A SCAM. Don't give out any information, send the cease communication letter as noted above by others. Bottom feeders of humanity.
Fred Sanford
 Mar 15th, 2007
Why the HELL do we have a "No Call List" if thet can't or won't enforce it???
George Krisko
 Mar 15th, 2007
Just had yet another robo-call from these idiots. Decided to pick it up this time to see if I could find out what it's about. After a delay following my "Hello?" a voice finally said, "This is an important personal business call for..." Pause. Silence. More silence. After 10-15 seconds of this nonsense, I hung up. Oh, well, good luck trying to figure out your robo-dialer, kiddies; one of these days you'll get it right.
Andy
 Mar 15th, 2007
CONTACTED THEM & FINALLY GOT AN ANSWER THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO COLLECT A MEDICAL DEBT FROM 2000? THIS IS THE FIRST NOTICE I HAVE EVER RECEIVED REGARDING THIS. THEY COULD NOT PROVIDE THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR OR HOSPITAL THE DEBT WAS OWED TO.
I DECLINED AS THIS DEBT WAS 7 YEARS OLD AND THERE WERE NO BACKUP DOCUMENTS TO VERIFY THIS WAS A VALID DEBT OR A BOOKEEPING DUPLICATION. I WILL SEND THEM A CEASE & DESIST LETTER AS DESCRIBED IN THE PREVIOUS REPORTS.
VERY SHIFTY & DUBIOUS BUSINESS PRACTICES - VERGES ON BEING A SCAM!
KRK
 Mar 15th, 2007
I called these people back. They are Merchant's Credit in Chicago Illinois. They were trying t collect on a debt they said was from 1990. I told them to remove my number and never call again. They said to send a "Cease and Desist" letter to MERCHANT'S CREDIT, 223 W. JACKSON BLVD, CHICAGO, IL 60603.
Nick
 Mar 14th, 2007
I have read that this is a Collection Agency that is attempting to collect on fraudulant debt.

http://www.ripoffreport.com/results.asp?q1=ALL&q4=&q6=&q3=&q2=&q7=&searchtype=0&submit2=Search%21&q5=Merchants%27+Credit+

http://chipford.com/ripoff/merchants.htm

Check your credit report to validate the debt and follow the advice on chipford.com site mentioned above.
CB
 Mar 12th, 2007
A automated message was started when I answered the phone stating I should contact Ken Hughes. I will not be contacting Ken Hughes or any other agency that does not leave a message or have a person on the other end of the line! To me this is a SCAM
Mike
 Mar 09th, 2007
Got the same message as everyone else. Ignored it and typed in the number on this site. I will ignore it from now on. I will also send a Cease and Desist letter registered mail to the address below. I will record and keep a log as to when and how often they call. When they reach 5 calls after signing the registered letter I will sue them in small claims court for $5000 under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, [15 USC 1692c] Section 805(c). I actually hope they continue to call. I have done this several times and it is easy money.


Merchants Credit Guide Co.
223 W. Jackson Blvd, Suite 900
Chicago Illinois 60606

312-895-3749 cell phone
888-249-1033
888-249-4134
Danny
 Mar 09th, 2007
Multiple calls, all times of day. Latest calls before 9 am!! They never leave a message.
LK
 Mar 09th, 2007
Ken Hughes at 866 352 0237 calls repeatedly. I do not a Ken Hughes and if he works for a particular company why doesn't he leave his company name. I do not call him back as I feel this is some kind of scam.
JL
 Mar 08th, 2007
The nerds from this number called me just a few minutes. Luckily, I did not pick up and Googled the number!

I'm going to ignore it. I haven't had a credit card in 10 years!
MA
 Mar 07th, 2007
This is a "bottom feeder" These people try to collect debts that are so old they are uncollectable. They will try to get you to beleve they will sue you or even have you thrown in jail for the debt. If you get a call from them you should send a certified letter to:

Merchants Credit Guide Co.
Executive Offices
223 W. jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illionois 60606

Tell them to quit contacting you. They can leagaly send you one more letter to tell you their intentions. After that they can only file a claim in court. The accounts they handle are too old to take to court but they will try to make you think they can collect.

These people are the scum of the debt collection industry!!
Dale
 Mar 07th, 2007
This number is a collection agency. Ken Hughes is a fake name used to help direct calls to the right collection group. Other than that, its no big deal, just a nuisance.
The Insider
 Mar 07th, 2007
Recorded message at 8:20 am for {guy I don't know} - "If you are not {guy}, please hang up."
Texas
 Mar 05th, 2007
CID only, never leave message. Called back - "Thank you for calling Merchant's Credit Guide". Remain on the line, blah blah. No one came on the line, then a message picked up and said, "MCG, no one is available to take your call. Leave your name, number, etc." I didn't.
Texas
 Mar 03rd, 2007
Had this call moments ago. No response when I said "Hello?" so that was all; I hung up. Probably queued me up for the next available operator (or a really slow recording), but I'm not waiting around.
Andy
 Mar 02nd, 2007
I received the "Ken Hughes" recorded message today from 866-352-0237 but the message said to call 888-249-4134 back. Have not and will not be calling him back (have great credit).

This is a great website. Thanks
Pat from WV
 Mar 02nd, 2007
Just got a call and Googled the number. Exact same bull, but he's changed his name to Chris Miller.
Ginny
 Mar 01st, 2007
i called back the # 1 866 352 0237 and a man answered as a collection agency asked my name i gave him first name only said i had a balance past due on an old master card from associates bank then i told him i never had a master card in my life then he said or visa that i had a past due balance and he needed to collect it i told him that he must have the wrong person so he asked me if 4414 was the last 4 digits i said nope he is wrong so he hung up / and as i remember this same call i had about 6 months ago same thing said then too
kyle
 Feb 27th, 2007
Same recording as all the rest. We are a business less than a year old. Must have got a recycled number.
M
 Feb 27th, 2007
"It is important that you contact Ken Hughes at 866 352 0237". I received the above recorded message. Do not intend to respond. Sounds fishy to me!
Walter
 Feb 27th, 2007
I keep getting calls from this number asking for Susan Flowers/Bowers (can't tell the recorded woman doesn't pronounce it clearly). It asks me to call back about an important matter involving them, and by not answering and accepting the message I admit I know them. I have been ignoring it, but this is the 10th time they have called. I know it's been more, as I have cleared my caller ID recently. Very annoying since they come off as clearly scammers with their lame recorded message. Wish they would stop!
Steph
 Feb 23rd, 2007
It is important that you contact Ken Hughes at 866 352 0237. This is not a solicitation or sales call, once again, it is important that you call K.....
j
 Feb 22nd, 2007
recieve calls from these idiots. The debets for the most part are uncollectable.
Thats why they end up with them they figure if they bug u enough ull pay something.They should be sent certified letter to do not call ur number and be reported to states atty general
john
 Feb 21st, 2007
I answered the phone and got a recorded message asking for my husband. I hung up, but did a little research online. This company has been reported to ripoffreport.com for fraudulent credit inquiries and "a longstanding scam of intimidation to collect false alleged debts" according to http://chipford.com/ripoff/merchants.htm.

When I called them back, they refused to give me any info without my husband's SSN - yeah right! I'll have him call out of sheer curiousity, but I know he checks his credit report regularly, so I think this is a big scam.
Anne
 Feb 19th, 2007
the message said to call chris miller. everything else was the same.
liz
 Feb 17th, 2007
A lady answered and said "Is this so and so?" I replied that there's an entire website dedicated to divulging the fact that this phone number is a scam. She said "that's just people's opinion." I just hung up.
Tera
 Feb 16th, 2007
Saw this number on my cell this morning and I did not answer it. I couldn't think of a reason why someone would be calling me at that hour (before 8 I believe). I looked the number up and found it to be Ken Hughes. Again with this guy? I had identity theft and have been fighting to keep my name clean. The bureaus know that and so do these dumb butts. I have had all the bad stuff removed from my credit. These bloody wankers still try and call once every 6-7 months to collect on something that I never had to begin with. Watch out for this guy, I hear all they do is by bad debt and then try and collect on it.
Rodd
 Feb 16th, 2007
Annoying!!! Harrassing!!
Just about to cross the line of the law!!!
Just as bad as NCO GROUP~~~> BOTTOM FEEDERS/SCUM!!!
JJ
 Feb 15th, 2007
i have a call from this number today:18663520237.
alvarez
 Feb 15th, 2007
Said it was a collection agency for AT&T Wireless
Linda
 Feb 15th, 2007
I just started getting these calls on my cell phone... dont know how they got the number so i just placed their number on a block list... i love my phone... now when they call all they will recieve is a rude message... take that Ken Hughes
JOE
 Feb 13th, 2007
Multiple calls per week. I also received a letter from Ken Hughs - Merchants Bank. They are trying to collect an old debt. The dept is 15 years old and they can't put it on my credit report any longer. Merchants Bank buys old debts and tries to harass people into paying. Tell them to take your number off their list. Any further calls and in my state it is telephone harassment.
Sam
 Feb 12th, 2007
Again with their stupid autobot thinking the voicemail is a person!! They keep calling because I am not usually here so can't push whatever button it is for ''if you are not so and so''
Or the # is unrecognized so it goes to vm. Getting tired of my vm space taken up by these losers. and violating do not call list.
MOMLADY
 Feb 11th, 2007
Kenneth Hill
SVP, Operations
Merchants' Credit Guide Co.
Chicago Office
223 W Jackson Blvd Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606
www.merchantscreditguide.com
D - 312.895.3704
C - 312.925.0013
F - 312.895.3714

http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fdcpa/fdcpact.htm

http://www.ilsos.gov/corporatellc/CorporateLlcController

The President is:
DANIEL F BURTIS 223 W JACKSON BLVD. STE900 CHICAGO, IL 60606

The Secretary, at the same address is:
EDWIN S BURTIS

Their Agent is an Attorney:
BARRY P SIEGAL
55 WEST MONROE STREET STE 1200
CHICAGO, IL 60603
John
 Feb 06th, 2007
It is obvious Ken Hughes & his record sidekick have too much time on their hands. No one picks up that 866 352 0237 .
Diane
 Feb 02nd, 2007
trying to collect on an invalid debt. They must validate in writing the debt they are trying to collect on.
andrew
 Jan 29th, 2007
They left an automated message. After the first few words were heard and I realized it was an automated message, it was DELETED without getting to the end. If it is that important, they could use a person and indicate who they want to talk to.

I'm NOT that curious to find out what they want to call back.
FS
 Jan 27th, 2007
They leave messages on my answering machine saying they are trying to coolect a debt. In the past when I answered the phone they are asking for a Susan with a different last name. I have told them repeatedly they have the wrong number and to take my number out of their system but they keep calling.
Susan
 Jan 21st, 2007
They have changed tactics somewhat... they now do not use the Ken Hughes name just simply now the company name of Merchants Credit Guide Company and mention they are trying to collect a debt. This new tactic also included the "If you are not Mr. X than hang up now if you stay on the line you acknowledge you are Mr. X" Needless to say I won't be calling.
Bob
 Jan 18th, 2007
Continue previous message

6) Commit Federal and State crimes by abusing phones and Postal Service in mail and phone fraud acroos many states lines.
7)Violate Federal and State Privacy protection laws.

... and a host of other Illinois and Federal laws.

The ONLY solution to combat these bloodsucking FRAUDULENT criminals is by:

1) Write an official complaint to Illinois State Attornet General Office - Consumer Protection Division. See their website

2) File a Complaint to your State's Attornet General's Office to order a legal Phone and Postal mail restraint against them.

3) Let's get together, find a clean and hard-to-buy a lawyer (from Ralph Nader's organizations) to file a Class law suit against them.

You also should know that Ken Hughes is now using a woman assistant to attempt to impersonate you (i.e. Steal your illegally recorded voice by them, to construct what seems to be a criminal plot to harm your current credit and slander your name in many ways.

These are TRUE CRIMINALS that have no regards for any of Illinois, Federal or any other State's laws.

Fight them back with all the legal and lawful methods at your disposal.

A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT IS THE ANSWER.
Zack-CA
 Jan 17th, 2007
These criminal hustlers are from
Merchants Credit Guide Co.
Executive Offices
223 W. jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illionois 60606
Ken Hughes Number in that company:
888-249-4134

They "specialize" in digging up ancient debts and defaults, or buying them for cents, and then harass people through their repeated vague and ambiguous Phone calls, and mail letters to blackmail and intimidate people into submission to their real criminal methods of terror. In the process, they at least openly violate the following laws:
1) Illegal harassment across many state lines (a federal felony)
2) Impersonating legal authority over ancient debts that has been charged off and its Statutue of Limitations long expired (again a Federal felony)
3) Entrap non-suspecting citizens to make return calls or make statements to enable them to fake and manufacture a renewal of claims they have no rights to claim in the first place
4) Often Violating the National Do Not Call Registry rules.
5) Violate SEVERAL of the State of Illinois Consumer Protection Laws that clearly prohibit by Law their claims, their blackmail, their harssment and their fraudulent misrepresentation and claims.

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Zack - CA
 Jan 17th, 2007

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