A phone scam involving a major bank could cost unwitting victims thousands of dollars. An Albemarle County man says he saw through the scheme, but he's worried others won't.
Richard Jenkins got a call telling him if he didn't pay a collection agency more than $2,000, he'd be arrested. The caller said he hadn't paid off loans from Wells Fargo. Instead of following the caller's advice, Jenkins called the bank himself. He says Wells Fargo immediately opened a fraud case.
"I was totally shocked and confused because I have never in the whole years that I've established credit since I was 17 years old had a collection agency come after me like that. I've always paid my bills," he said.
Now Jenkins is leading the charge to make sure no one else pays this caller a dime. Complaints are all over the Internet from people saying they got scammed by this caller.
The number Jenkins got the call from was out of McKinney, Texas.
“Very threatening, to a point that I feel like it's against the law, when you threaten people that you're going to come to their house, or you threaten that you're going to call their job, or threaten that you're going to call their family members,” Jenkins said.
He says the company identified itself as “Global Acquisitions” or “Global Collection Agency.”
Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Full Story
Sean Cudahy joined the NBC29 news team as a general assignment reporter in April 2014. Sean returns to Charlottesville after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., but central Virginia is his home. He grew up in Albemarle County, graduating from Albemarle High School in 2010. Email/Follow on Twitter/ Full Story
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