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?