Be aware of phone scams

A local resident, who lives in the city of Cambridge, informed the NEWS
this week about a phone scam that has been making its way around the
area.

A local resident, who lives in the city of Cambridge, informed the NEWS this week about a phone scam that has been making its way around the area.

The resident said she has been harassed by an overseas company, who has been calling her using pre-paid cell phones with USA area codes. She said the phone numbers would be very generic, such as 333-333-3333 or 444-444-4444.

She said the scam artists are using the name American Legal Services, and threatening legal recourse if you don’t pay for some debt. For example, the woman said they threatened action against her to pay on a car loan. However, the resident doesn’t even own her own car.

American Legal Services is a business based in Harrison Township, Mich. When visiting its Web site, www.americanlegalservices.com, the company has published the following statement:

“There is currently an offshore scam. These scammers claim to be from American Legal Services. They call people telling them that they must send money today or they will be arrested tomorrow. If you are called by these people, do not give them credit card or any other numbers. Get the address they want you to send the money to, then call your local F.B.I. and report them immediately.”

The local resident did contact local law enforcement about her encounters with the scam, but wanted to share her story to let others in the community know about this scam making its way around the area.

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