Consumers should be aware of fake collection scam

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$293.11

That’s how much a scam collection agency is telling people in Colorado they owe to an unnamed creditor.

Attorney General John Suthers says consumers should not reply to fraudulent messages, from fake agency IAC Recovery Systems.

“There are few things more unnerving for consumers than to be notified they have outstanding debts they were completely unaware of,” he said. “It is clear from the complaints streaming into my office that IAC Recovery is a scam, intent on stealing Colorado consumers’ money or personal financial information.”

The AG’s office has received more than three dozen complaints about the company – all of them reporting that they received one or more e-mails originating from different addresses, informing them that the company had been contracting to collect $293.11 on behalf of a creditor.

The e-mail directs consumers to a Web site to pay off the money owed. The letters list a fake Denver address for the agency – 17165 Platte St., Suite 110, Denver, Co – and a fax number (303) 756-3400 that happens to be the phone number for a Glendale restaurant.

Suthers warned that the company is not a registered collection agency and is not in compliance with the Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practice Act. Consumers should not visit the Web site or make any payments.

“We’re working with our partners in law enforcement to get to the bottom of these e-mails,” he said. “In the meantime, consumers should continue to report these e-mails. They should also be aware of any e-mail, telephone call or other communication where they are asked to turn over their credit card number or other personal information.”

To learn more about Colorado’s laws and regulations or to file a complaint, visit www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/ca.