Data Check of America Scam Warning
There is a relatively new collection scam circulating, and I want to make the public aware of it. My office has been contacted by four former clients who have received the same collection call from a “Data Check of America”.
According to my clients, they received a call from this company, and were told that they had bounced a check at a Me & Eds Pizza in 2004. They were told that it needed to be paid or Data Check would execute a wage garnishment. (All the calls reference a bounced “Pizza” check.) I reached out to Me and Ed’s Corporate office and was told they know nothing about these collections, and have not authorized these collection efforts.
The scam artists are “spoofing” phone numbers, so the number showing on your caller ID is likely not correct. Examples of the “spoofed” numbers my clients received calls from are:
The number that is left as a call back number in the recording is 866-298-3402, but when I tried to call that one, it went to a voicemail that was full.
I called 404-400-3654, (one of the numbers left) and got a live person. She answered the phone “Legal Department” and I told her that implied there was an attorney there. I asked for the name of that attorney, and said that I would like to speak with them. She did confirm that the company was “Data Check of America”. She said she would transfer me to a supervisor, and I was sent to a voicemail. I left a message, but no call was returned. When I called back and once again asked for the attorney’s name she said it was “Larry” but would not give me a last name, or where he was licensed to practice. She refused to give any information on where the company was located. I could hear a lot of phone activity in the background. It was obviously a phone “Boiler room”. When I pressed them for information on the company “Data Check of America”, they hung up on me. When I called back, the call went to a voicemail box that was full.
If you receive a call from “Data Check of America” saying you bounced a check, I would consider it a scam. You can, (and should) report these calls to the Federal Trade Commission here: FTC Complaint Site
It is my opinion that under NO circumstances should you send these people money.
Posted as public service by Timothy Springer, Bankruptcy Attorney, Fresno, CA
January 5, 2017 at 3:32 am
SCAM SCAM SCAM
DO NOT PAY ANY AND I SAY ANY BECAUSE THEY WILL CHANGE THE COMPANY NAME IN A SECOND AND GET NEW NUMBERS.SO IF SOMEONE CALLS YOU IN REGARDS TO A BAD CHECK IT’S A SCAM…DATA CHECK,BOYKIN & BLACK ASSOCIATES,ETC.ALL THE SAME COMPANY.I USE TO WORK FOR THIS COMPANY AND WAS FIRED BECAUSE AFTER REALIZING WE WERE SCAMMING PPL I REFUSED TO COLLECT.BEWARE OF CHECK SCAMMERS
August 23, 2016 at 6:31 pm
I have received many phone calls from this company. I have been sending the unknown phone numbers to auto reject. Unfortunately, today they called me from an Arizona number where I have relatives, so I thought perhaps the number was one of them calling me. They answered Legal Department and I said I received a phone call from this number. They wanted to confirm that they were speaking with me, and when I asked them who was calling they proceeded to harass me about who I was how I would be facing a judge for the crime that I have committed, how it was ridiculous that I was hiding from this crime, and how I wasn’t adult enough to face up to my crimes. Also, sarcastically asking if I were also going to be hiding from the judge. Then, when I asked the person’s name, they went on a tirade, asking me what my name was over and over. I told them to have a good day and hung up. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to know that speaking to anyone that way will not get them what they want. I don’t know any reputable company that would degrade themselves by berating their customers to get what they want. Scare tactics are for tyrants. Here’s a list of the numbers they have used to contact me:
949-874-4622 – CA
928-494-0010 – AZ
August 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm
I’ve had enough of these multiple numbers call me from the same company. I blocked that number each time and they would call back with another number. I’ve had it. I pushed 1 and asked to be removed from their call list. Some dude said something unintelligible and hung up. I called back, click. I called back…got a person. By this time I was a little more stern in my request to be removed. A lady who I jave to say is really good at her scamming job proceeded to say ” do you know who we are and why we are calling…I played along…gut already told me it was a scam. I’m not stupid. Then she continues with “ma’am you have a check written in 1996 to WINN Dixie in the amount of $10.22 that bounced. We have a copy of the check and will be glad to text it to you, I said fine, send it. She did and I couldn’t believe they had a copy of my check from 20 years ago…I sat there, didnt say anything when she was trying to talk to me. First thing I noticed was there was not an NSF stamp or any indication that my check bounced. Secondly I know for a fact that I have never had check bounce. But the bothersome part was how? How did they have a copy of my check? Where did they get it? But for S&G I decided to reaeach old check scams. This site solidified that I was right. Now I can’t wait for them to call back.
For now I am going to enjoy my well deserved glass of wine and pat myself on the back for not being dumb.
Kudos to all that didn’t fall for this. Have an adult beverage. Enjoy life.
July 28, 2016 at 8:16 pm
These people have been calling me for 3 month about 6-7 times a day. I refuse to answer because I know for fact I NEVER had a bounced check. They left a treating voicemail today which I deleted. I have them on auto reject so the calls go straight to voicemail. I guess they must be getting mad I won’t answer. Lol
July 19, 2016 at 9:37 pm
They’re still at it in July. I received a call just two weeks ago. They stated I needed to pay $370 for a check I wrote in 2007 for $100. I did some research. I do not owe the debt. My check was cancelled in lieu of another account which did pay the $100. I don’t know how they are getting the old checks, but I do know that my house was broken into that year and I had a lot of paperwork stolen from my house along with about $5,000 worth of personal belongings. Maybe this will be how I finally get the police to find the people who broke into my house. One thing for sure, it is a sophisticated scam. Going straight to the District Attorney’s Office.
July 13, 2016 at 7:34 pm
I have been receiving calls from Data Check since April 2016. They had me do onto a web-site and I printed a copy of a check that was written in 2002 by my husband that they say was returned and threatened to garnish our current bank account if it was not paid!
Funny thing is I was not on his account at that time because we weren’t married but they wouldn’t tell me how they got my cell number.
I’ve blocked several of the numbers they called from but yet they keep calling.
NOW for the past 2 days, I’ve gotten calls from what they say is the Legal office of Bryan Miller & Associates BUT boy how professional they were screaming at me when I tried to ask questions and explain to them that I sent that check copy to our bank to verify and that my bank said the check did clear and was not NSF.
They kept hanging up SO, I keep calling over and over and over like they’ve been calling me BUT now it won’t let me dial either number 404-400-7756 & 678-310-1117. N
I did pull up the website they claim was the attorney http://www.brianmillerandassociates.com/