The Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against Nationwide Recovery Group, LLC, a Buffalo New York based collection agency for violating the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). According to the lawsuit’s allegations, collectors from Nationwide impersonated various government and law enforcement agencies, including the clerk of courts and sheriffs.
The Attorney General’s investigation found that Nationwide Recovery Group spoofed consumers caller IDs to falsely display the real phone numbers of government agencies. Apparently, they went so far as to threaten some of those they called with arrest or legal action if they failed to pay the alleged debt immediately. They used terms such as “theft of merchandise” or “theft of services.” For more information on the Ohio Attorney General’s lawsuit, click here.
Not sure if this has happened to any Florida residents. If this has happened to you, please let me know, as I want to make sure to get this information out so that no one in Florida is victimized.