These are not legitimate debt collectors! If they were, they would be breaking so many regulations according to the Federal Trade Commission (see Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act)! DO NOT give them any information or money, no matter how much information they know about you, or how much they threaten you! In all likelihood, they will continue to harrass you, so report it immediately. If the FTC receives a lot of reports on this, then they will do something about it.
My cousin received a call at work from a "Ray Wilson," but when I called them for her, they kept hanging up on me because I wouldn't give them a credit card number. Both the man and the woman I talked to had thick Indian accents, and would not give any information about "the debt" owed, but told me information about my cousin, including her social security number over the phone. This fits the description of a ring that was busted recently, and written about on 4.11.12, on the FTC's website.
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Caller: no name
Call Type: Debt Collector