I got a call today on my cell phone from phone #404-893-4113 with the message”This is so and so with Hoffman (?) and (?). I am calling in regards to a compliant from Bank of America regarding check fraud. Please call me or have your legal representation contact me within 24 hours or I will have to file charges with District Attorney’s office in Louisiana”
First off I haven’t lived in Louisiana in ten years (I live in TX). Second I haven’t had a check account with Bank of America in 5 years (it was opened in TX. As far as I know there isn’t Bank of Americas in Louisiana). I’ve only had that cell phone for 5 years. Has anyone else gotten this type of message? If they wanted me for check fraud, wouldn’t BOA contact the District Attorney’s office directly and file charges? Seems like one of those debt collector trying to scare me? I try doing a reverse lookup on the phone # but no information found.
I called the number, you can hear my call below.
Now I could be wrong but a search online did not locate anything for a collection agency called Hoffman, Schwartz & Associates and the only Hoffman, Schwartz & Associates I could find was in area code 913, Kansas City. This 404 number was from Atlanta.
As you will hear it just goes into a general mailbox. That sure doesn’t sound like a professional debt collector. I actually called back and tried some different extensions and the system hung up on me.
If it is, as I suspect based on your information and my call, a phony debt collector, they are getting a bit more clever with a better answering message.
My gut reaction is that this is a variation of the phony collector scam going around. Read “A Debt Collector Keeps Calling Me From 212-500-0839 And Says I’ll Be Arrested. – Lavern” and listen to that call.
Did the voice that left the message sound foreign?
UPDATE: Turns out I got the name spelled wrong. It is actually Hoffman, Swartz & Associates and their site is hoffmansa.com.
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Update: June 15, 2010
As a comment stated below, apparently Hoffman Swartz & Associates is now Rosenthal Stein & Associates and did forget to remove the name Hoffman Swartz from their description. Thanks Leesa!
“There are no “up-front” fees at Hoffman Swartz & Associates” they say on the Rosenthal Stein site.
The new domain name is rsacollect.com and is owned by:
2870 Peachtree RD NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
And guess what, they also own the domain name hoffmansa.com.
Apparently Belinda Gibbons is the President of Hoffman Swartz & Associates and probably now Rosenthal Stein & Associates. – Source
According to Georgia records Belinda Gibbons is the secretary of the company and the CEO is Paris Tauriac and the CFO is Nicole Marie Fountain. – Source
According to the State of Georgia, Rosenthal, Stein and Associates was incorporated on April 29, 2010. – Source