Credit card cash advances can come in handy when there’s a necessary expense that you can’t charge to your card (like rent) and you don’t have the funds to cover it otherwise. But the problem with credit card cash advances is that they have fees and interest rates that are generally much higher than if you just used your credit card to make a purchase. Also, you can only borrow as much as your cash advance limit allows, and if you already have a balance on your credit card, that amount may be reduced.

I received an email from a lawyer with email **. I was told that I owed Cash Advance USA $1200 and many attempts have been made to contact me. I was threatened with wage garnishment, a warrant, and closing my accounts if I did not pay the $1200 today. I contacted the debt settlement and was told they were a collection agency and just doing their job. This was definitely a scam. I never heard of Cash Advance USA and never borrowed any money from them.
I received a call today 06/04/2011 from a man with a very strong accent. He said his name was kevin johnson and he left his number 9092337338 on my voicemail saying to have my attorney call and if not that he wishes me luck.  So i called back to the number he actually called from 619-320-0434 and got a man named Michael Carter "supposedly"....(both these men had strong accents i don't know any Arabians with English names who have strong a*s accents..just saying) So anyways he went on to say I was being sued for going bad on a loan. I was like "who is this" he said LAW OFFICE of JOHN MORRISON located in San Diego, CA. I asked what loan are u talking about. He then got rude and told me don't cut him off and hung up on me. I called back and asked same questions he then said that the name of the loan company was "GROUP ASSOCIATION OF CASH ADVANCE ONLINE" as soon as he said online i knew he was lying cause i never took out a loan online, i applied but never went through with it. He said the amount was for $200.00. I told him i never took out a loan online and he said i was lying how would he have my ssn and bank info that i was being charged with 3 things. Defaulting on the loan, Bounced Check, & fraud. I started probing him for more questions saying who are u, let me speak to your manager whats ur corp. address ect. He said there is no manager available and then hung up on me. I called back multiple times and this business phone suddenly became a cell phone that there able to turn off cause my calls were being routed to voice mail. They eventually answered and he started saying things like "im going to fk ur mom, can i fk you? where do u live?" I told him what kind of law office is this that u can disrespect people like that?....I recorded the conversation and saved the voice mail that they left me. When I call back they answer saying "suck my dk" and other rude things so im sure its a fraud. But One of the guys "Kevin Johnson" who also hung up on me and said rude things sometimes acts like he never talked to me before and says "I'll call you back with more info." and never calls but i spoke to both numbers with two diffrent people who both yelled ob-sanities so be aware it is a fraud. 
All of a sudden I started getting threatening emails from someone stating that if I do not pay an unverified debt that charges would be filed on my name and social security number. I replied back to the individual who emailed me and a demanded that they no longer contact me and that I was submitting a complaint to the CFPB and my Attorney General. They then replied back to me with the name, partial social security number, mailing address, phone number and amount owed of the person they believed to be me. I then sent the email to my Attorney General with my complaint.
I was told I was approved for a $6000 loan. I had to go buy $147 in iTunes gift cards. I had to give them the number of the back of the cards. Which they redeemed after I gave the cards. Then they wanted me to send them $387 to finish my part saying that this will prove that I could pay the loan back, this was my verification process. Cash Advance USA, Dallas Texas ripped me off for $150. Something needs to be done to these con artists.

It has become clear from numerous reports of this scam, that the scammers have come into posession of a large amount of personal information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, references, bank acct. numbers and social security numbers. Most of those reporting the scam indicate that at some time in the past, they filled out an online loan application. My guess is that these scammers have obtained (most likely illegally) a large database of this personal info.
Customer Notice: Payday Loans are typically for two-to four-week terms (up to six months in IL). Some borrowers, however, use Payday Loans for several months, which can be expensive. Payday Loans (also referred to as Payday Advances, Cash Advances, Deferred Deposit Transactions/Loans) and high-interest loans should be used for short-term financial needs only and not as a long-term financial solution. Customers with credit difficulties should seek credit counseling before entering into any loan transaction. See State Center for specific information and requirements.

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