RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A concerned viewer received a suspicious phone call claiming she was wanted for bank fraud. We did some digging and tracked down the company whose name was being used in the scheme.
A recent phone call was enough to rattle Rhonda Barnes-Bell. "Who, what, it was really disconcerting. I was nervous, I was like, okay, I don't think I have done anything bad," she said.
Barnes-Bell said she kept receiving calls from someone claiming to be with Capital Recovery Systems.The company said she was connected to a bank fraud case, and they needed to talk to her. Barnes-Bell said she believes they were after her personal information and money. "I got sick that morning. I was like, okay I feel nauseous, I am worried. When someone says legal, it scares you," she said.
Capital Recovery Systems is based in Ohio. The company's website says it's an exclusive government debt collection agency primarily focused on local court collections.
A representative for the company released this statement:
If you get a similar call, the company says don't give up any information. Another good idea is to research a company with the Better Business Bureau before you give up any information.
"It is sad. It is the meanest thing you can do to someone, because in your home you are vulnerable. You are relaxed, you are doing your day to day. The phone rings and it can just shake you," Barnes-Bell said.
She wants this to serve as warning. The next phone call you get, pause and do some research before you give up any information. "It just makes you so nervous that you could pick up the phone and be like, 'What did I do?' and he could get anything, because now your heart is racing. It seems legitimate. You get a docket number, there is an extension, your hands are shaking," she said.