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Several weeks ago, I began receiving calls on an almost daily basis from Allied Interstate at: 1 775-319-1506. I got as many as 4 calls in a day, starting early in the morning and going on until after 9 PM. I never answered the phone when Allied Interstate came up on Caller ID, and the prerecorded message left was always the same: without identifying the company or why they were calling me, they told me to call an 800 number re: an urgent matter.

I did some Google searching and found out that Allied Interstate is a notorious, unscrupulous debt collection agency. I also found out that calling the 800 number is a mistake as you will be treated rudely and insultingly. Like many people who are being harassed by this company, the debt in question IS NOT MINE.

I recently returned a call to 1 775-319-1506 and was told they are looking for a person whose first name is Michael. Michael is not my first name (I'm female) and there is no one at my number with that name. Allied told me they would delete my number from their records. Since then, they've called me 2 more times.

I've sent a "cease and desist" letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, to:

Compliance Office
Allied Interstate
3000 Corporate Exchange
Columbus, OH 43231

This address was given to me by the State of Ohio Attorney General's Office. The Attorney General’s Office informs me that, if Allied Interstate fails to comply with my request to stop this erroneous harassment, they will take action on my behalf.

If you're being harassed by Allied Interstate, I hope you find this helpful. The Ohio AG was very helpful to me and I suggest you contact them. It doesn't matter if you don't live in Ohio (I don't). Ohio is where their Compliance Office (ha!) is located, so that gives the Ohio AG the right to go after them.




     
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BEJ on 2009-04-29:
Great post--thanks for the information
Soaring Consumer on 2009-04-29:
Voted helpful. You are taking the right course of action to get this situation resolved.
Anonymous on 2009-04-29:
They should stop calling you now that you've sent that cease and desist letter.
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Illegal activities
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Allied Interstate... As I have read other reviews of this company, I must agree with them. This is an illegal company which should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Allow me to give another account of their activities...

I received a collections notice from Allied Interstate yesterday (June 8th, 2005). Immediately, I knew something was wrong.

First, they used my first name on the billing information (which I never use on anything at all).

Second, they did not have my apartment # listed (which is always listed on ligitimate bills of any kind).

Third, they report that I have a debt of $170.75 which they are trying to collect on for Verizon Wireless.

Fact: I have never used Verizon Wireless or any of their subsidiary companies for any purpose or reason.

The thought occurred to me that perhaps someone had stolen my identity and was using it for services from Verizon. But this theory was quickly shot down by the fact that Allied DID have my correct address, and thus, Verizon would have given it to them. Though I've never had ANYTHING sent to me from Verizon.

Conclusion: Allied Interstate knows that Verizon Wireless is a large company, and they are making false claims by finding persons who may pay them.

No doubt they also keep up their front by finding names of persons who ARE in collections for other large companies, and targeting them for their claims.

Sounds like a rather simple scam. Operate under a "legal" company, and have all workers and employees in other countries. Use the front to legally obtain access to persons who ARE in collections for one company or another, but fail to accept those accounts after they have the information from the said companies. Next Send collections billing information to the persons referencing the accounts which ARE in collections. Get the money from the unwitting persons who don't do their homework before paying.

Unfortunately, their base of operations is in another country, and only a small mailing address even exists at their US "headquarters". Thus, prosecution is nearly impossible.

It's the scammers dream.

So, what to do about it?
     
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socal1 on 2005-06-10:
One last thing I'd do, give Verizon a call and explain the situation. Have them search their records just to make sure no one created a bogus account with your name on it. They would probably be very interested that someone is trying to dun people for non-existent accounts.
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Allied Interstate is ripping me off
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CALIFORNIA -- Back in March of 2005 I authorized Allied Interstate to withdraw money from my checking account to pay off a debt of $49.69 over the phone. all was said and done and I paid off the debt in full. then I just check my bank statement online and found that Allied Interstate had taken out two separate transactions for $30 plus the $2.95 phone fee. this was done two days ago. THIS WAS NOT AUTHORIZED. also Allied Interstate never notified the company to whom I paid the debt so I was still listed as "in collections". I notified my back, notified the company and notified Allied Interstate. Allied said that I was wrong and that it was some other company that they would not do that even though I had the proof in the pudding (my bank statement). Luckily my bank said I could fill out an affidavit of unautorized debit activity and get my money back. total of $65.90. When I contacted the company to whom I owed the debt, I told them that although it was my fault I let my debt go to collections however I did pay it off and gave them the confirmation number that Allied failed to do. they told me they would take my name off of collections.
this is straight out theft. they are ripping the people off and to top it off they have people working in other countries handling their collections. it infuriates me that there are such companies doing this kind of illegal activity. something has to be done to stop this from happening again. I am grateful it was only $65 and not $6000 dollars.
     
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Sneaky Collections
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LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA -- Allied Interstate called my mom's house. She died 3 months ago. They called collecting a debt from her husband who died 15 years ago. THEY GOT ME TO SEND A DEATH CERTIFICATE. This seems like an identity theft scam, but I do no know where to turn.

I don't think I should have FAXED THE DEATH CERTIFICATE, BECAUSE IT HAS PERSONAL INFORMATION ON IT.

Did I make a bad mistake? I feel stupid.
     
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Anonymous on 2008-03-31:
Considering he died 15 years ago I doubt using his identity will allow opening credit accounts. I had a similar problem when my parents passed away. Even though all debts paid off and stated so on statements, one credit company started calling for death certificates 5 years later. I simply hung up every time they called.
Anonymous on 2008-03-31:
I would hang up as well... Maybe first take out a little verbal aggression but then definitely hang up.
Anonymous on 2008-03-31:
I agree with the two above and I say call then back, tell them you have reported them to the States A.G. then cal them a few names and then hang up!
Anonymous on 2008-03-31:
Since it has been 15 years since the death, it is unlikely that the information would be used to open credit accounts. However, the information could be used by illegals (many using the same info) to prove work eligibility (since some states have SSNs of the deceased on the DC. I think about 6 out of 10 people would fall for this. So, don't feel 'stupid'. You 'could' report the incident to the Social Security Administration...but they couldn't care less. It's not your SSN and they won't disclose activity to you. Worse, if you have several people 'piggy-backed' on your own SSN...they still will not tell you. Illegals have 'privacy rights'. Sheesh!
DebtorBasher on 2008-03-31:
I think the Poster meant they requested the Death Cert. of the Mother who passed three months ago.

WDCMan...I'm sorry for your loss...however, if they were trying to collect from your Mother who happened to be on the account with your Father, then requesting a Death Cert. is routine. While working in collections, we had to ask for that information as well. The account would then be forwarded to the legal department to handle. Now, if the account was from 15 years ago before your Father passed, and all of a sudden they tried to contact your Mother to collect on it (And it hasn't been active since your Father's passing), then I would be concerned about the reason they are trying to get the information.
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Allied Interstate needs to be shut down
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MINNESOTA -- Two years ago I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I got a new cell phone number and obviously this number belonged to a deadbeat. I kept getting calls looking for someone else, every call would show up as "Unavailable" or "Private." This makes it difficult to trace it back to them without going to your cell provider, my provider (SprintPCS) wanted $20 to do this search of my account to trace these calls.

Finally I got someone to admit they were with Allied Interstate. I did a search online and found that the State of Minnesota Attorney General's office did in fact go after this company for the exact same reason I was looking into them. They settled out of court but they seemed to just go about things in a more sneaky way, not showing where they were calling from and using overseas call centers.

Most of the time when these people would call me, I couldn't understand what they were saying and the minute I would get verbally abusive toward them, they would hang up. Their practices are illegal and the company should have absolutely no right to remain in business.

If Allied Interstate contacts you, notify your state attorney general and make a complaint, even if it's a legitimate debt, I'm sure they're doing something wrong even if they appear not to.
     
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Anonymous on 2007-01-14:
Whenever I see a number I don't recognize or unavailable or private displayed I never answer. Later on when I feel like it I'll play back messages. If an unknown calls back repeatedly within minutes it could be an emergency which I will answer.
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Unethical collection practices
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MICHIGAN -- I had a dispute with sprint because they are the most incompetent company.

They sent me to collections and Allied Interstate collection company sent me a letter. I disputed it and they said in the letter they would send me verification of this debt.

Instead they send me a threatining letter about my credit and when I called a man named Wayne said corporations always win. He would not listen to me or cared about anything except his collection fee.

I advise everyone to avoid Sprint and any attorneys out there to contact me for possible class action lawsuit against Sprint and Allied.

Thank you.
     
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Anonymous on 2002-02-06:
Pay your bill then dispute it. Why ruin your credit rating over it?
Anonymous on 2002-02-16:
Pay the bill? No way. Sometimes you have to take a stand. If anybody does want to give me credit then they are doing me a favor.
johnmouse on 2006-04-21:
They've called me several times. There's never anyone on their end of the phone and they've never left any messages.
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