On 8/27/13 at around 2pm Pacific time, I was notified by a friend (third party) that she was contacted by a woman named Michelle Walker, claiming to be from a company called Harris and Harvey Mediation, who was attempting to reach me. I called Ms. Walker back at 757-263-4266, and was told that she was unavailable. I spoke with a Steven Sanchez who informed me that he had my social security number, address, employer and banking information, and unless I made a payment to him at that moment, he was going to pursue legal action against me. When I attempted to discern who the original creditor was, or even how much I owed, he refused to give me that information. I stated that I was invoking my right to receive further information regarding this alleged debt in writing, and stated my preference that all further communications be in writing, as well as ceasing contact with any and all third parties, and he refused, threatening to call all of my family and friends. He then disconnected the call. I immediately placed a fraud alert on my social security number through all three credit bureaus and the Social Security Administration, and notified the IRS of potential identity theft as this did not sound like a legitimate debt collector. I also filed a complaint with the FTC. On 9/10/13 at around 3pm Pacific time, I was again notified by the same third party that she was again contacted by Ms. Michelle Walker of Harris and Harvey Mediation. I again attempted to call Ms. Walker back at 757-263-4266, and was told by an unidentified male that she was again unavailable. I then requested the company’s address to issue a request for information in writing, and a cease phone contact letter. He stated he would transfer me to the front desk, who would provide me with that information. I was then transferred to Ms. Walker herself. When I advised her of my intent to send such letters, she told me that giving me their mailing address was “impossible.” I advised her of my right to request that she only contact me in writing, and to cease contacting any third party, and she stated that she would continue to contact me via phone to collect the alleged debt. I again requested information regarding this debt in writing, and she refused. When I notified her of my intent to alert the authorities, she placed the call on hold and then disconnected the call. I then informed the Virginia Beach Police Department, which is where the calls seem to have originated from. An Officer Lamb contacted me on 9/11/13 at 5:45am Pacific time, stating he had spoken with a gentleman at Harris and Harvey, and that all I needed to do was to call them to get this straightened out. I advised him of the above attempts at contact, and he advised me that it was probably a scam and to just ignore the calls, and if I get any further calls, “maybe” he’ll send a detective. He did not file a formal police report. I also reported the incidents to the Attorney General’s Office, the FBI fraud unit, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. .
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