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    Scam? municipal services bureau

    girlfriend was called by an unknown number a bunch and finally answered... the lady informed her that she was with MSB (turned out to be municipal services bureau on airport blvd) and that she had an outstanding "no insurance" ticket that needed to be cleared up now... the lady had her first name slightly wrong and the address wrong (i think its part of the scam-to be able to say that you havent received their letters etc...) and that she needed to pay $110 by debit card now...

    i googled it and found an actual website etc but it looks fake... does the govt really "sell off debts" like this to what appears to be a collection agency?

    girlfriend had a wreck about that time last year but wasnt issued a citation for not having her insurance...

    the lady used every sales technique in the book "a warrant will be issued wed if you dont clear this up now..." "ma'am... i will report to the courts that you are not being cooperative" etc etc...


    anyone heard of this place?
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    her insurance company said that its not on her driving record...

    and i searched APD and found no warrant...

    Anthony...what the hell pics you want?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Am Weaver View Post
    her insurance company said that its not on her driving record...

    and i searched APD and found no warrant...

    Anthony...what the hell pics you want?!
    Could the ticket be with an entity other than APD? Did you ask to receive a copy of the ticket?

    If the dept is not hers, this is pretty good advice:

    http://clarkhoward.com/shownotes/2004/01/22/index.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    Could the ticket be with an entity other than APD? Did you ask to receive a copy of the ticket?

    If the dept is not hers, this is pretty good advice:

    http://clarkhoward.com/shownotes/2004/01/22/index.html


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    was going to have her call back today.... the lady was quite rude (maybe it IS govt agent) and it seemed shady to me... wanted a debit number right then and there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Am Weaver View Post
    was going to have her call back today.... the lady was quite rude (maybe it IS govt agent) and it seemed shady to me... wanted a debit number right then and there...
    Did you read the yahoo finance link---the company is a debt collector. CoA gave them a contract. If you really think she was rude write a letter to the city.
    Even if your gf finds out that the ticket is hers, never pay over the phone with a check or debit card. Use a credit card and not one of those fake ones that is tied to your bank account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco Stu View Post
    Did you read the yahoo finance link---the company is a debt collector. CoA gave them a contract. If you really think she was rude write a letter to the city.
    Even if your gf finds out that the ticket is hers, never pay over the phone with a check or debit card. Use a credit card and not one of those fake ones that is tied to your bank account.

    i read the yahoo link... but it was a press release by them.... hell, i can set up a dba and a press release correct?

    its the same date as her wreck but its not on her driving record... it just seems rather shady...

    why would courts/municipal services need a debt collector? i mean hell, dont they have the most authority out of anyone? they issue a warrant... and can pick you up or take you to jail when youre picked up again... that seems more effective than phone calls...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocturnus View Post
    where? i dont see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I Am Weaver View Post
    i read the yahoo link... but it was a press release by them.... hell, i can set up a dba and a press release correct?

    its the same date as her wreck but its not on her driving record... it just seems rather shady...

    why would courts/municipal services need a debt collector? i mean hell, dont they have the most authority out of anyone? they issue a warrant... and can pick you up or take you to jail when youre picked up again... that seems more effective than phone calls...

    http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/council_m...d=3818&item=25

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    interesting... read the citysearch link?

    she/we know better than to give that kind of info over the phone... i also know how easy it is to get public info on people and then request payment...

    just making sure its legit... and if it is, id rather her pay the court....
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    The "Municipal Services Bureau" (MSB) is a REAL collection agency, but as others have written above, their calls do appear fraudulent and they are bullies! I do have a pending traffic court case with no fine due until a judgement is reached by the court. MSB appeared fraudulent because at first they (FRANK Ext #3262) refused to ID himself, the location of MSB, or the reason for his call except to say it was a Court matter, for a court that does not exist here in my state. Not being able to get official names correct (Frank could have used GOOGLE) is a red flag that it could be a phishing expedition for my personal info. I requested he back up what he was requesting in writing to my address that I confirmed was correct and Frank refused, so I hung up and called the State court offices and they have confirmed MSB was in error.
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    American Collectors Association of Texas
    Attn: Dwain James
    6505 Airport Blvd, Suite 100
    Austin, TX 78752-3627
    512-458-8666/800-957-3328
    email: iinfo@texascollectors.com

    same address as MSB and Gilla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocturnus View Post
    American Collectors Association of Texas
    Attn: Dwain James
    6505 Airport Blvd, Suite 100
    Austin, TX 78752-3627
    512-458-8666/800-957-3328
    email: iinfo@texascollectors.com

    same address as MSB and Gilla.
    ah.

    well everything im finding is saying the same... that they are in fact legit, but their practices are not...
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    That's what a collector was doing with me a while back, he had all my info but slightly off. I'm still not sure what he was trying to get me to say over the phone but he claimed I owed a $1100 credit card bill from 1995 (before I had a credit card). It took a couple rounds of complaints to the BBB and the Texas Attorney General to get them to drop it. Fun!

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    Any third party can be dismissed from collecting a debt from you. Tell them to cease and desist and that you will resolve this with the original debtor. By law they must comply and stop harassing you. Basically you are firing them from collecting on your debt.
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    Tell them to pound sand if they call her again. Collection agencies never work with the rules or laws.

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