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Ely
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I received a call from State Wide Recovery Group. I had an

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I received a call from State Wide Recovery Group. I had an online payday loan a little over two years ago. The bank account was closed and they called my mom first stating there was a warrant out for my arrest. When I called them they said if I didn't make payment arrangements they would pursue criminal charges for stealing and check fraud. Can they do this?
Callene
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note:This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

I am sorry to hear about this situation.

The answer is no, they cannot do this. In fact, even insinuating this is illegal. No one can be charged criminally for a civil debt in US jurisdictions (with few exceptions for bad checks and child support). As such, their threats are not real, and actually they may be sued for them - see HERE: They are prohibited from "Threatening arrest or legal action that is either not permitted or not actually contemplated."

Every violation is a $1,000 fine. I urge you to talk to an attorney about this face to face.

Finally note that there have been a rash of fake collectors. See HERE. This becomes especially confusing if you do owe money, since the fake debt collectors may attempt to "latch on" to that debt to make themselves seem real. If you need help finding out if this collection agency is even real, reply and provide me with their telephone number and/or address so I can take a look.

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