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“United States Civil Claims Department”

Every time I believe that “no one would be stupid (or greedy) enough to try that old trick”, some debt collector does.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) prohibits :

“the use or distribution of any written communication which simulates or is falsely represented to be a document authorized, issued, or approved by any court, official, or agency of the United States or any State, or which creates a false impression as to its source, authorization or approval.”

A Missouri consumer recently filed a class action against “United States Civil Claims Department” alleging that, among other things, the company violated the above-quoted section of the FDCPA.

The consumer alleged that he received a letter entitled “Notice of Intent United States Civil Claims Department vs. [Consumer].”

The “United States Civil Claims Department” should not be surprised that a consumer alleged that the company’s representation that it was sent on behalf of the United States Civil Claims Department had the effect of conveying to an unsophisticated consumer that the company was affiliated with, employed by, and/or an agent of the United States government.

The Notice of Intent further stated “this is a notice that a claim has been made against you.” But, the company had not filed a lawsuit against the consumer. Even large, publicly traded debt collectors that purchased charged off debts are unlikely to actually sue a consumer.

The Notice of Intent further stated “U.S. Civil Claims Department hereby demands you to pay $ 860.93 no later than ten (10) days from the date described above.”

Unfortunately for our putative government agency, the demand to pay within ten days was set forth in their initial letter to the consumer and, therefore, contradicts or undermines the thirty day notice (the “g Notice”) required to be set forth in the initial letter.

Finally, the Notice of Intent states that the consumer “could be prosecuted to the fullest extent of law” unless he pays the United States Civil Claims Department.

Such threats of prosecution are not only empty, they violate the FDCPA.

Good luck to the Missouri consumer. Hopefully, the plaintiff will obtain an injunction against the “United States Civil Claims Department” so that unsophisticated consumers are not tricked into paying these self-appointed public servants.

UPDATE : November 17, 2011

I recently reviewed the dockets concerning recently filed cases against our “public servants” at U.S. Civil Claims. As is often the case with debt collectors who allegedly violated the FDCPA by employing “over the top” collection “techniques”, the Plaintiffs’ lawyers are unable to locate US Civil Claims and the company has apparently vacated its former headquarters and failed to update this information with the California Secretary of State.

If you have any recent addresses for US Civil Claims, pass them along in the comments section and I will alert the lawyers who are attempting to serve these find “public servants”.

(C) 2011 Donald E Petersen
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  • S. P. May 11, 2012, 11:40 PM

    “U.S. Civil Claims” has changed their name to “U.S. Litigation Department.”

    Their new address is:
    12505 Beach BLVD Suite A4-121
    Stanton, CA 90680

    • Don Petersen May 12, 2012, 7:07 AM

      I have not verified this information but appreciate the lead.

  • yolanda May 27, 2012, 7:51 PM

    I have the same address but 714-576-2800 for the number

  • Heather June 5, 2012, 1:44 PM

    My husband just received a phone call from this company yesterday stating that he was being sued by U.S. Bank and was due in court on June 6th, 2012. They told him he would have to pay court fees & attorneys fees and that he could be jailed for fraud for an overdrawn account in the amount of $278. Once I got on the phone with these so called lawyers they completely changed their tune and stopped with their empty threats. We have the same address on our letter as the commenter above. Here are the phone numbers they gave us. I am going to contact my lawyer and have them look into these false claims and badgering and we may also go forward with a lawsuit of our own.

    U.S. Litigation Department
    Administration Department
    Toll Free : (866)-976-2363
    Facsimile: (657)-208-7803

  • Brenda July 10, 2012, 10:08 AM

    I am unfortunately one of the unsuspecting victims of this fraud. I too received a letter from ;
    U.S. Litigation Department
    12505 Beach Blvd Suite A4-121
    Stanton, CA 90680
    (866) 976-6886
    Dean Lawson
    Legal Administrator

    The cad that I spoke to was named Frank Diaz (phone number extension 1003). He purported himself to be an attorney for the above mentioned lawfirm, said that charges of indentity theft, fraud, malicious intent to commit fraud, and other felony charges were filed against me, the local sheriff’s office would be to my home on Thursday (this was Monday), to serve me papers stating that I was being charged with these items, and a summons to appear in Los Angeles County court, or a warrant would be sworn out for my arrest. Well, this is over an old bank account from US Bank back in 2004 that had been sent to collections due to being overdrawn in the amount of $234.62. My amount to pay immediately according to the letter I received was $684.95 in no later than 10 days. He told me that all charges would be dropped if I paid that amount, said he would “Make me a deal” since I had never been in trouble, not even so much as a parking ticket, and settle for $342.50. That was putting me on the spot, so I paid, I can’t go to jail, I am not a law breaker! The other disturbing thing about this company was they had an entire background check on me, address, previous addresses, employers, previous employers, email addresses, social security number, birthdate, which was wrong by one year, that should have been a tip-off to me, but I was so flustered I didn’t think about it until this morning. So once I paid this this is the proof they emailed back to me;
    U.S. Litigation Department
    12505 Beach Blvd Suite A4-121
    Stanton, California 90680
    Phone (866)-976-6886 Fax (657)-208-7803
    JULY 9, 2012
    Personal and Confidential

    RE: US BANK N.A.
    Account Number: ——
    File Number: —–
    Balance: 0.00
    Dear Mr. and/or Mrs. BRENDA —–,
    Please allow this notice to serve as confirmation that U.S. Litigation Department has received full and final payment from Mr. and/or Mrs. BRENDA —–. Therefore, this account has been paid in full and Mr. and/or Mrs. BRENDA —–have been released from all claims and liability arising from the above related account.
    If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please contact our office at the number contained herein. Thank you for your cooperation.
    U.S. Litigation Department

    This was the signed by Dean Lawson, the other document was on US Bank letterhead as follows;
    To the best of its knowledge, US Bank N.A. verifies that the aforementioned file contains the correctness and validity of the following fields:
    US Bank DDA Account Number: —–
    Account Holder: Brenda —–
    Social Security/Tax ID: —–
    Date of Birth: —-
    Closing Date: 12/02/2005
    Balance: -$234.62
    Now this document was signed 10/3/07 by an assistant VP of US Bank, and notarized in Ohio on 5/19/12
    ????????What the ???????? any suggestions as to how to go about getting my money back and filing fraudulent charges against this company and person(s) for mis-representation of themselves?

    • Ms. D. July 13, 2012, 12:08 PM

      Brenda my fake documents they sent me had that same stupid notarized seal on it! They scared me too with the threat of jail and had a hell of a lot of information on me which is scary. I hope that you are able to dispute your payment with your financial institution and get your money back. These people should not be able to get away with getting your money. And it’ s scary that they have this information, including people’s social security numbers 🙁

  • matthew July 12, 2012, 6:13 PM

    I just paid these people and im coming to figure out that everyone else’s comments are exactly what happened to me! They said that I had an overdrawn account from u.s. bank from 2005 and was going to be sued by them if I refused to pay 816 dollars for 3 types of fraud I literally just got off the phone with them and now im wondering did I just get scammed? If anyone has any input I would love to hear it cause im not gonna let this go.

  • Andria July 12, 2012, 7:31 PM

    They just did this to my husband! i called the police and they said it sounds like fraud! what can we do to get this guy “Mr Diaz” Caught?!?

  • Ms. D. July 13, 2012, 12:00 PM

    MATTHEW and ANDRIA I just experienced the same thing yesterday and YES it is totally bogus. I am so glad I saw this website as well. I sought legal advice and after talking to several people I realized I was being scammed. I was told if I was not in court by today in LA I was going to jail. I was told a notice was mailed to me on July 5th and I hadn’t responded in 10 days even though that was nowhere near enough time. They scared me into giving my bank card for payment but I called my bank yesterday and had the card cancelled. Matthew if there is anyway you can talk to your bank regarding the charges you should do so. If they haven’t already taken the payment I strongly suggest cancelling your card like I did that way they don’t have access to your account. If the payment has already gone through at least let them know that this was a fraudulent transaction and give your bank at least the phone number they currently operating from which is the 866-976-6886 number they seem to be using now. Don’t let your money go to these people! They had me in tears at work yesterday! I haven’t had my US Bank account for NINE Years!

  • Brittany July 18, 2012, 9:40 AM

    I, too, received a call similar to this last week. I had a voice mail from a “Mr. Garcia” stating that he was calling from “The County of Orange,” provided me a “case number” and stated I needed to contact him at 866-976-6886 as soon as possible. I had no idea what this was regarding, so I had planned on returning his call later that day. Within the next HOUR, he had called my mother, my brother and my mother-in-law in an attempt to reach me!

    I returned his call and he stated that he had a subpoena that was being issued for me to show up in court in regards to a US Bank account I had back in 2005. He also had a letter from the VP of US Bank stating that I was being sued for $797.57. Mr Garcia stated that if I wanted to settle this OUT of court, I could pay him $246.50, but that needed to be paid that day. I informed him that I recently lost my job, and I had no means of paying that right now. He then asked if I had anyone I could borrow the money from. I ended up providing him my “pre-paid debit card” information, and said I would try and have $$ in the account by next Wednesday, which is today. He proceeded to say that he would send me all of the information in the mail and I would have it within 3-business days. I still have not received the mailed information, and I attempted to call the number this morning, it rang approx. 5 times, and then silence.

    I thought this all sounded “phishy”…and I’m glad that I wasn’t able to pay at the time, and I have closed my pre-paid debit card.

  • Doc July 18, 2012, 7:59 PM

    I received a call last Friday, 7/13/2012. The individual said he “was with Los Angeles County” and was trying to locate a family member. Had name, prior address etc. Stated it was about a Fraud case. He said his name was “Mr. Garcia.” When I pressed him he then stated he was a private investigator. I refused to give him any info and I did not ask for a call back #.

    Now, today, I got a voice mail with a call back number from a “Ms. Chavez.” Again asking about the same family member. When I called back, I asked for Ms. Chavez. I asked who she was and who she represented and she would not answer me. She asked me to hold. Next, a man came on and identified himself as David or Dave Jennings (SP?). He said he was an attorney and when I asked him to confirm, by stating, “You are licensed to practice law by the State Bar of California?” he replied yes.

    He would not set forth any circumstances regarding the alleged “Fraud” and pressed me by stating that in the State of California, if the amount exceeds $500, (he said the family member owed $684.43) it was a felony. Again they asked for location, phone number of relative. He stated this involved an ATM card from US Bank.

    I called my relative who advises they have never even had an account with that bank, or an ATM card.

    I tried to call back the number given, 866-976-6886 within 5 minutes and it rang several times and went dead. No answer. No answering machine.

    I checked California State Bar and there is no active attorney in California by that name, (Jennings or Gennings).


  • John July 19, 2012, 10:15 PM

    The following number that match the above number 866 976 6886, is calling my relatives asking for me, none of us do not know how they got my relatives phone numbers. She is saying that her name is Miss Luna and that she is some type of Federal Agency and now my relatives are thinking that I have committed some kind of crime or something.

  • tina July 23, 2012, 4:04 PM

    I recieved the letter saturday july 21, 2012 and decided to do some research on the matter and ran across this site. They proceeded to return my call today july 23, 2012. I told the man by the name of frank lopez extension number 1003. That i ran across this site. He became very upset stating that he could not be responsible for what people post online about the company. Then continued to be forceful and rude. ***

  • amanda July 23, 2012, 4:58 PM

    I also got a letter on July 16th. I just opened it today and decided to research it and came across this site. I have yet to call them. They state in the letter that I owe $723. I don’t have any unpaid bills of my recollection. I am deciding if I should even bother calling these people after I did my research and came across this site.

  • tina July 23, 2012, 7:15 PM

    Alright ive went through the proper channels. This is indeed a fraud. First merit is filing a suit against them. But if u recieve one of these leters what u need to do is first off call the bank in question. Second file a fraud report with your local police department. Third ignore the letters. They are empty threats. Good luck everyone…

  • Doc August 4, 2012, 5:06 PM

    Please contact the California Department of Justice or the Orange County District Attorney’s Office re: all complaints pertaining to the UNITED STATES CIVIL CLAIMS DEPT. now operating as UNITED STATES LITIGATION DEPARTMENT. Hopefully with enough complaints one or both of these agencies will take appropriate action.

  • Scott September 13, 2012, 4:44 PM

    Same BS story was fed to me also…. new number is 877-299-2333
    fax 657-215-2707. I never got a letter from them just a call from a private number and good Ol Mr Diaz.

  • Dave March 3, 2013, 4:18 AM

    This whole scam starts with united credit recovery. They buy these accounts from the bank and are told they may have errors or be inaccurate and that they can get a refund when that happens. United Credit Recovery forges a fake affidavit on the bank letterhead to make you think you have to pay even if you don’t owe it. Some of the companies in their criminal enterprise even threaten to arrest people based on this fake affidavit that United Credit Recovery creates. If you get a copy and look closely, you can tell that it is photoshopped. The fonts don’t quite match and part of it is a little slanted. You can shut down Civil Claims, but until United Credit Recovery, the head of the criminal enterprise is shut down, they will just keep opening up new offices and adding new agencies to do this.

  • Aaron April 22, 2013, 9:37 AM

    It looks like they’ve changed names and addresses… yet again. I was able to verify this based on one of the commenter’s claims that their letter was signed by “Dean Lawson”. Here’s the information for the company now:

    Litigation Management Group
    12362 Beach Blvd Suite 14H
    Stanton, CA 90680
    (888) 254-5114

    • Donald Petersen April 22, 2013, 4:32 PM

      Aaron : I don’t have time to verify your skip trace but appreciate your sharing the information with FDCPA.me readers. So, I’m approving your comment and thanking you for the info. about a difficult to locate defendant hoping it helps some consumers locate them more efficiently.

      • Marie April 23, 2013, 12:46 AM

        I just received a letter in the mail today in regards to me “owing” 2,877.74. They have changed offices again just like Aaron has stated above. This is the new address and phone number:
        Litigation Management Group
        12362 Beach Blvd Suite STE 4H
        Stanton, CA 90680
        (888) 254-5114

        The famous Dean Lawson is the Legal administrator for this letter. Glad I saw this site. They are full of it.

      • Aaron May 4, 2013, 10:54 AM

        I do live a couple miles from this address Earlier addresses are at a strip mall, this one has an interesting history as the building in whole is up for sale and although there is a “legal unit” 14, there’s no 14H listed. I can easily visit the location and verify the location is legitimate and possibly who it’s actually assigned to.

        Of note, I sent a certified letter requesting verification of debt to the address and after a week and a half has yet to be delivered. USPS.com still says it “departed” the sorting facility in Long Beach, CA, so I’ll have to trace it with the post office.

  • Jessi April 29, 2013, 6:39 PM

    These assholes are trying the same thing with my husband. My husband just called me at 7:00 to tell me he had to pay 500.00 for a Chase credit card from 10 years ago. The amount on the letter said $ 2,241.19. When my husband called to find out what the charges were they said it was from purchases at Walmart. First of all, we’ve been over our credit several times through the years and this has NEVER been on there. Second, what kind of lawyer calls at 7:00 at night to tell you to pay 500.00 or fly to California next week for a court hearing??? Unfortunately, my husband already gave him our account #, but as soon as he told me I made him call the bank to freeze our accounts. Lucky for him I’m not that stupid. Glad I found this site, it only confirmed my suspicions. Someone needs to do something about this. Its bullshit!!! Do not fall for it. Is there anyone to call to inform about this scam??

  • R.K. May 1, 2013, 9:11 PM

    I recieved a call while at work (they called my mom),from “Mr. Garcia, Civil Investigator – Case #_____” He needs me to call him back at 888-254-5114. I called the number and was asked to leave a vm for ext.2021. I didn’t leave a message. Then thought why I’m being called by a investigator. Decided to look it up online, type the phone number in search and found this website. Thank goodness I did before I was scammed. Something didn’t seem right about the whole thing. Now I know to ignore him or his collegues if they call back.

  • Aaron May 5, 2013, 12:40 AM

    Some digging in the Orange County Fictitious Business Name database (sounds sketchy, but it’s a legit way to register business aliases with the County of Orange) and discovered this:

    “United States Civil Claims [services]” is co-registered to a “Blanca Garcia” and a “Maria Garcia Brown”. The name was abandoned 04/26/2011. “Blanca Garcia” also appears on these FBN names:
    “Professional Legal Claims Services” (two entries. One expired 10/29/2009, the other 06/20/2011)
    “Orange County Civil Claims Services” (expired 02/01/2012)
    “United State (sic) Civil Claims Department” (valid until 10/25/2015)
    “Professional Legal Claims Department” (expired 11/07/2011)
    “United States Civil Claims Services” (filed for abandonment 04/26/2011)
    “Business Management Services” (valid until 02/09/2017)

    Maria Garcia Brown only appears on “United States Civil Claims Services”; though a “Maria Garcia” exists on “M.G. Recovery Services”, Capital Legal Claims Services”, and three other filings of “Professional Legal Claims Services”.

    “Litigation Management Group” is registered to a “Patrick Lund” in Newport Beach who also holds “Restoration Holding LLC” and “Lund Law Group”. Of note, a registration for “LUND | LAW | GROUP” is under “PACTLAW INC.” (which is registered in California to Patrick Lund)

    According to Avvo DOT com, Lund has also been disciplined twice in 2011 and 2012 by the California State Bar (1-year suspension Effective 10/5/2012, was suspended in lieu of probation. The 2011 discipline resulted in probation as well)

    Lund’s website says his firm specializes in Real Estate, Civil Litigation, and Risk Management. This would explain the odd “Southland Financial & Realty” name on the Stanton address, though there is no record of such a business in the California or Orange County records (that I’ve been able to find so far).

    Seemingly unconnected at first glance, the thing these people have in common are noted above in the letters they send to people.

    There’s also no shortage of addresses all throughout Orange County and LA County for Patrick Lund, as well.

    I hope this information helps anybody in this situation and possibly to track down the real people behind this operation.

    (in case you’re wondering, I do network forensic analysis for a living, so digging up clues to put together a puzzle is my kind of thing… and I hate to see people treated unfairly)

    • Donald Petersen May 5, 2013, 4:55 PM

      Aaron, this is quite a bit of information. Shows how much effort is required to begin to locate some of these elusive debt collectors. I’m sharing the information hoping it helps someone obtain justice.

  • Joe May 6, 2013, 5:40 PM

    I received a letter from LITIGATION MANAGEMENT GROUP address is 12362 Beach Blvd Ste 14H Stanton, CA 90680 . Saying I owe $2,582. It’s from Dean Lawson (888)-254-5114. Since then they have called my ex father in law but I haven’t lived there in years, so they had no new information on me. Mrs. Gomez is the one calling my ex father in law. I am glad I found this on here before I paid.

  • Lauren May 11, 2013, 7:02 PM

    I received a letter addressed to Laurine (so not my name) from Litigation Management Group 12362 Beach Blvd Ste 14H Stanton CA. It has case # and $3226.19 owed. No creditor listed and threatens wage garnishment, levy, liens, etc signed by Dean Lawson. 888-264-5114. ***

  • Jeff May 17, 2013, 12:24 PM

    I just got a letter from them as well. I had no idea who they were or even who they are representing so I call the number (888) 254-5114 and talked to a Miss Garcia. It said the same as all the above. She told me I would be charged with a felony and there would be a three day court hearing etc,etc. Thank God I found this site! I have since called the States Attorney’s Office.

  • Lee May 17, 2013, 2:08 PM

    I just received a letter from this group claiming they have tried to contact me previously. I’ve never heard of the before. They threaten a lawsuit in ten days and twenty years of collection activity if I don’t respond. I happen to be a person who literally has NO outstanding debts because I paid them all off a year ago due to an inheritance. That being said they now have the following info.
    Litigation Management Group
    12363 beach blvd ste 14h
    Stanton, ca. 90680
    Please keep me updated on them…they seem shady

    • Donald Petersen May 17, 2013, 5:20 PM

      Lee : I am not involved in any litigation against this debt collector. I’m allowing you all to provide information which may assist readers in locating this debt collector.

  • Richard July 6, 2013, 10:49 PM

    I received a threatening “Litigation Notice” letter from:
    Litigation Management Group
    12362 Beach Blvd. Ste. 14H
    Stanton, CA 90680
    They claim I have ignored them in previous attempts to contact me. They sent a letter to an address I havent lived at in 9 years. They claim I owe 2,7XX.XX and there isn’t any reference to what creditor the original account is from. I have never heard of this group, and the address they have is very old. The statute has passed for that debt, whatever debt it is. The letter is dated June 20, it says I have 10 days to respond or they will file a lien against me. I got the letter July 2nd. Thanks for the information on this scam.

  • Amanda July 10, 2013, 10:31 AM

    The address I have is 12362 Beach Blvd STE 14H
    Stanton CA 90680

    I received a notice that I will be sued for $1491.71 because I have ignored there previous attempts, or they can garnish not only my wages but basically anyone with me. This upset my soon to be husband as well as me. Also it is not even displaying the debit I owe, who knows what in the world this is.

  • G.Jossie July 23, 2013, 5:41 PM

    Hi, today I just had my family call me and tell me that Litigation Managment from the number 888-254-5114 were looking for me. They used *** scare tactics to say that I was going to be sued and have to go to court unless I paid an invalid debt. *** I finally was able to reach them and I asked them what this was regarding. They said that this was in regards to a visa account which I do not owe. *** They harrass and scare your familyl into thinking your a felon so you pay . These people need to be in jail .

  • JIM August 8, 2013, 2:26 PM

    Why are so many people soooo dead set on labeling something a scam when they know they left an account on bad terms. People kill me with this notion that if they run to an attorney for a debt they incurred everything will just go away. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Debt doesn’t just “go away”. It is sold, then resold, then resold and it will always remain just the way you left it, a debt. It may even accumulate interest and fees. You may want to check the Truth In Lending disclosures that you signed when you acquired the loan or merchandise, or account, etc.., that you know sooo emphatically deny owing. Ironic though. Someone who scammed something is calling the effort to recover what is owed a scam… Ha!

    • Donald Petersen August 10, 2013, 2:58 PM

      “Jim” I agree that the terms “scam” and “junk debt buyer” are over used. Consumers often use “scam” to refer to everything from rudeness to FDCPA violations committed by large (first tier) debt buyers to small fly by nights who falsely threaten arrest and/or service of process (often by calling a relative or coworker to make their illegal threats). The term “scam” fits the debt collectors who attempt to collect debts by threatening arrest or falsely threatening to serve the consumer with a lawsuit (that day!) unless they pay the debt collector (that same day). The scam debt collectors often demand that the consumer pay them through Western Union or a similar ungarnishable service that aids the scam agency in concealing it’s fixed physical location (if any) and the names of the principals.

      Furthermore, attempting to collect out of statute debts by making threats violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and many states’ collection practices acts. After the statute of limitations has expired, why should anyone pay the account and the usurious rate of interest? Compromise the amount on down and receive a 1099 and a notice from the I.R.S.? Doesn’t sound like it’s in the consumer’s best interest, does it? People intended to pay the debt when they incurred it. Often, life has a way of throwing bad events even at good people. Paying scam operators is hardly just and only encourages them to continue to lie to consumers.

  • Sparkle F September 11, 2013, 7:02 PM

    U.S. Litigation may have changed their name again. My mother just received a letter almost identical to the ones listed previously from a company called

    Litigation Management Group
    12362 Beach Blvd. Ste 14H
    Stanton, CA 90680

    It is a demand for payment of over $3300, but no information is given as regards who the creditor is or when payments was due/made, or anything like it. The closing was

    Govern Yourself Accordingly,
    Dean Lawson
    Legal Administrator

    • Elizabeth M. November 11, 2013, 3:01 PM

      Yes they have I have the exact same letter in my hands today, and signed the same way Govern Yourself Accordingly. This is a 9 year old debt. I phoned this morning, prior to reading all these comments on them, and they said, did you not get served by sheriff in June? I said certainly not, I do not even know if this is my debt…he said, ( David Jennings) that he would be serving papers by Friday. I said, just send me all the documentation to prove this is mine to begin with, he again said you are being sued for non payment, in 2004 of this debt, and that I stopped paying in august 2005, and I was being sued for over 7K in interest, legal fees, and late fees. Also stated, I was being sued for intentional mischief to defraud on merchandise purchased. I told him send the papers we will go from there. He once again told me I would be served by this Friday and will have 21 days to respond and make good on the debt or see me in court with a Notice to Appear in court to answer to the charges against me.

      Can they do this? What is the statue of limitations if any on a revolving charge account at a jewlers that I have zero memory of at all ever having this account. No notices till now, no phone calls, nothing! Should I put a victim of fraud notice and dispute this on my credit reports? It is currently nor ever to my knowledge been on any of my credit reports.
      Needing help and assistance on this company. Thanking you in advance and respectfully yours.

      • Donald Petersen November 12, 2013, 12:49 PM

        Elizabeth – The statute of limitations depends upon what state you live in and how that state applies the law. I encourage people who visit my site to consult with a lawyer who is licensed to practice law in the state they live in. (I am licensed to practice law only in Florida.) I recommend that you consult with an attorney BEFORE you pay any of these ancient debts or even discuss them any further. Good Luck!

  • Kristina November 7, 2013, 10:50 PM

    Well they are still at it. I received a letter stating exactly what everyone else has said…no referral as to what the debt is, and demand of payment in ten days. Today, they have called my sister in law, my ex husbands wife (wth???) and my cousin telling them I am due to appear in court tomorrow. I have not received any court papers demanding me to be in court. They have also stated that they have tried to reach me several times…I had never heard of this place before I received the letter four days ago! I do not owe any outstanding debts. Something needs to be done about this “Mr. Lawson” and his people. They are destroying relationships and lives. I have been in tears all day…

  • Elizabeth M. November 11, 2013, 1:15 PM

    Well on Saturday I rec. a letter from Litigation Management Group with an address of 12362 Beach Blvd. Ste. 14H, Stanton, CA 90680 from a Dean Lawson, but when I called 888-258-0566 I spoke to a David Jennings, told him I was responding to a litigation Notice and has stated on letter a judgment against me for 8521.08 will be done. He asked if I had been served by the Sheriff papers to appear in court in June of this year, I said absolutely not. It is supposedly regarding a Cresecent Jewelers acct. for 1894.11 from 2004! I have zero recall of this account, not on credit reports, never any notices, etc. etc. etc. He now tells me I will be served by this Friday with a notice to appear. This debt is if mine at all, from 9 years ago….can this even happen? Can you be sued for a revolving charge account 9 years latter? Is this company ligit? Bizzar circumstances and again can not ever recall even this account. And it is under my old married name to my late husband. Any advise?

    • Donald Petersen December 10, 2013, 11:49 AM

      Elizabeth – I recommend that you document each conversation and then consult with a FDCPA lawyer who has an office in your state. The debt collectors will likely be judgment-proof
      (or extremely difficult to even track down and serve process) or they may not be. Consult with an experienced FDCPA lawyer licensed to provide you with advice.

  • kaylee ly November 22, 2013, 2:37 PM

    Got the same letter from this company saying I owe the 4k something called them and it goes striaght to voicemail than call them again and than spoke to a manager (david) he told me to pay by the 29 of nov after 12 years later the debt was with us bank and they said they bought it from them than today got a call from a processor that going to serve me with couet documention I told them to stop calling and threating me and harrassing me he said he is just doing his job and than today I spoke to litigation company and they said well if u dont pay than they will sell my account to 2 other debt company and it will go on my credit report cause I check my credit report and there is nothing saying I owe us bank so I took it futher I wrote cease and desist letter to them to stop bothering me I told the processor usually if they serve u papers than they dont call and ask if u will be home to get your pappers but he called real bogus and headache I spoke to a few paralegal and they said it is total scam they better back off if not I will take futher action and it wont be nice enough said I a pissed off about this company there company name is
    litigation magament group
    12362 beach blvd ste 14H
    Stanton ca 90680
    gotta find a way to shut them down

  • Paulina November 26, 2013, 5:45 PM

    They called today from #888-258-0566 a Miss Garcia she left a voice message and a Reference Number and for me to call them at once. My phone shows no information who was calling? I never received a letter from them, but if I do I’ll treasure it… PS…I have no bills.

  • cm December 16, 2013, 1:56 PM

    i live in missouri. today i recieved a letter in the mail claiming i owed 4,508 from a us bank account from Dean lawson and Litigation management group of stanton, CA. letter is on cheap paper and poor printing. it was sent regular mail and not certified or served by a process server.
    i checked my credit report and asked my lawyer.. definitely a scam.

    i reported them to FDCPA and california consumer complain agency. hopefully they can stop this before they coerce someone into paying.

  • Michelle January 7, 2014, 5:54 PM

    Here is the new information on that scam: Mr. Diaz – 888-258-0566 I am SOOO glad I read this site before I gave my financial information to him! Same thing, a bank account from 4 years ago….

    • Donald Petersen January 8, 2014, 11:23 AM

      You are welcome. I’m glad to see that this blog post is benefiting consumers.

  • Nancy February 20, 2014, 4:45 PM

    Donald, we really do appreciate this opportunity to post our frustrations about these people. I have to become victim of there persistent threats. They somehow got all my information including employment and background, and tried to use it against me. Mr. Diaz in particular calls me at work with threats to report me to my HR, and tells me he will have the sheriff serve me papers. I do not trust this alleged company and therefor will continue to see that these people are caught.
    Litigation Management Group
    12362 Beach Blvd Suite 14H
    Stanton, California 90680
    Phone (888)-258-0566 Fax (657)-215-2707

  • Lorissa July 11, 2014, 3:25 PM

    Well… Im yet another one that got tangled up in this litigation mess. I bought their threats. It was so easy. I’m a stay at home mother. My husband works two low paying jobs to keep us afloat. Jail time was not acceptable.

    Well they charged an account that didn’t have any money in it. I have tried to contact them for the last almost two months to try to tell them that they need to STOP charging that account and I had intended to give them another account… Their phones must be off or something because I get four loud beeps, and then a hang up. I tried calling their fascsmilie number that they added on their email, and get a busy tone.

    My account is now overdrawn by $90 and I have no way of paying this. I am currently on hold with my bank filing a claim… *IF* they are able to verify that this is fraud, only THEN will I get my account back to positive standing. Otherwise, I’m screwed.

    **** I need them to stop charging this account! I have literally no way to contact them.

    Litigation Management Group
    12362 Beach Blvd Suite 14H
    Stanton, California 90680]
    Phone (888)-258-0566 Fax (657)-215-2707

    Litigation Management Group
    Legal Department
    Toll Free: (888)-258-0566
    Facsmilie: (657)-215-2707

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