Better Business Bureau Warning Of Threats By Telephone

Don Louzader

Better Business Bureau Warning Of Threats By Telephone

CREATED Jan. 31, 2013

If you get a call from someone who says you have large sums of debt due to creditors and refusing to pay is threatened with harsh legal challenges, it's probably a scam.

The Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri says the callers are trying to get folks to give credit card information and social security numbers over the telephone immediately.

The debts you supposedly owe have reached numbers near $800. When you question the company you're informed the debt is for, you're told there is no debt on file for you.

The BBB offers these tips if you get such a call: 

  • Never give personal information such as your SSN or credit/banking information over the phone.
  • Request for information regarding the debt in writing so you can verify.
  • Call the companies who the debts are supposedly with to verify and report the call.
  • Report the calls to the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357.

Folks who get these calls and have contact information for the supposed debt collectors are encouraged to file a complaint at

For more information, call your local Better Business Bureau at 417-862-4222.