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Integrity Financial Partners Barking Up The Wrong Tree (866-951-8055)

Ever since I decided to get my own cell phone and give the one that we shared to my wife for her exclusive use, I’ve been getting strange calls. Actually, they all end up being strange voicemail messages, since I very rarely use my cell phone. and it spends the vast majority of its time sitting in a drawer with the power turned off.

It didn’t take long for me to start getting calls for the individual that had been assigned that telephone number before it was assigned to me. Some of the calls sounded job-related, as if someone was seeking this guy to do technical support work or something.

I then started getting calls that sounded like typical telemarketing calls, but most of them would mention the guy’s name. It got to the point where I changed the voicemail greeting for my phone so that it announced to whomever was calling for that other guy had not reached the person they were looking for, and to stop calling my number looking for him!

The calls stopped for quite some time, and I figured that might have been the end of it. Today I ran an errand – one of the few occasions I turn on my cell phone and was a little surprised to hear the tell-tale beeps that alerted me to the fact that I had new voicemail or text messages.

This time it was a series of three voicemail messages claiming to be from a “Mr. Martin” at “Integrity Financial Partners” (got to love that name!), which is apparently some kind of collection agency. Each of the messages was automated, and was obviously intended to lure the former owner of my cell phone number to call them back and discuss a debt they were attempting to collect.

I got a real good laugh from the second one, which stated that if I was not [insert name of guy who previously had my number], I should hang up immediately. It then said, this message will pause for three seconds and then proceeded to emit three beeps – no doubt counting down the vital three seconds. You can imagine my breathless anticipation!

It then proceeded to tell me that by continuing to listen to the message, I was acknowledging that I was indeed [insert name of guy who previously had my number]; a statement that resulted in great amusement for me. Naturally, I continued to listen.

As expected, it was just another request for the guy to call and talk about the money that this outfit claims he owes to someone.

A little research on the web resulted in a lot of nasty comments about “Integrity Financial Partners,” including one that says the owner of the company is a registered sex offender in the state of Florida. Others claim that the company has attempted to scam money from them.

I have no idea if any of those accusations are credible, but that’s what I found out there.

I decided to call the number and see if I could get these people to stop calling and leaving messages on my cell phone voicemail. I dialed up 866-851-8055 and after a short wait, was talking to a young guy who seemed a bit clueless. He was surely polite enough and all, but seemed a little uncertain of himself.

In the end, he did tell me he would record the fact that my number is not the correct number for the guy they are seeking, and that I should not hear from them again. Time will tell.

Comments

Comment from Scarlett
Posted: April 22, 2010 at 12:21 am

So, did they ever call back?
I received a few calls from them as well in the middle of December 09 — three calls in three days, I think. The voice mail message I received was also some type of recording asking for a name that was definitely not mine. They called my Google Voice number, which I have only given out to one person, so that was another sign that something was off. Luckily, I can block numbers with Google Voice. Problem solved! Though I have been wondering if I would have still received calls had I not blocked them. Ha…

Someone posted something on a blog about this whole thing NOT being a scam, but I don’t know. I suppose it depends on one’s definition of “scam.”

Comment from admin
Posted: April 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

Nope. I only received the one call from them. So far, anyway.

Comment from Heather
Posted: July 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

We received calls for this as well. 617-600-7846 and 617-229-5658. Neither time left a message.
I called back.
They were calling on GE Money/Walmart credit. After months of harassing phone calls, I’ve had it.
Told them that we hadn’t used the card in over 2 years and that had GE not LOWERED the credit limit on our acct by nearly 500$, then we wouldn’t be overlimit and racking up fees. Additionally, told them that we pay *something* every month and that they were going to get what we could send – period. (which was just over the minimum due BEFORE the lowered limit and fees, etc)
Not sure if it will work, but also told them that if they continued to harass, I would be contacting the state consumer protection group.
GE = EVIL bast*ards.

Comment from Mary Thompson
Posted: October 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

My husband has been receiving calls from an Integrity Financial Services lately, only on the days he is at work and during his lunch or after work, he works away on a boat. They have as yet to leave him a message that I know of but still are calling him. He has no debts so I havent a clue yet as to why they are calling in Alabama from 205 575 1014. Only time will tell.

Comment from Never
Posted: November 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Never talk to a debt collector over a telephone, ever

Read

budhibbs.com

Comment from Jennie
Posted: December 14, 2010 at 6:16 pm

I got a call from them today. From a Alabama number. I have no clue who these people are.

Comment from Sara Walker
Posted: September 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

They are a quite reputable debt collection agency who actually believes in fair debt collection and follows the rules and regulations set force by the fair debt collectiion practices.. The message you heard is for the debtor proctection to protect their privacy. and as far as people stating they will not pay their bills due to raises in intrest rates and not raising limits. That is strictly your problem. When you walk into a store and purchase an item you do that with the belief and trust that you will pay them back not just as I will pay you when I feel like it. People complain about their credit scores but then don’t want to be responsible enough to take care of there own bills.

Collections is a business where you can actually get your debt settled for less then owned or for the amount you owe. However you are responsible for your own debt..

Comment from admin
Posted: September 6, 2011 at 11:24 am

Oh you mean the way our government takes care “of there own bills?” As in, “Just raise the debt ceiling and worry about it later”?

And let’s not forget the “too big to fail banks” who got massive handouts from the feds. It probably has a lot of consumers wondering where their bailout is. If the big financial companies can act irresponsibly and send themselves to the brink or bankruptcy, why should Joe Consumer worry about paying his bills?

Yeah, we’re all responsible for our own debt. Maybe we would all feel that way if we didn’t see so many fat cats getting away with behavior that borders on (and probably crosses into) criminal activity.

Tell the politicians and big banker fat cats to lead by example and maybe there wouldn’t be as much business for “quite reputable” debt collection agencies. Excuse me while I have a good laugh for myself.

P.S. A little investigation on that last post strongly suggests it was posted by someone working for “Integrity Financial Partners” and is on a mission to go out and do damage control by posting responses and rebuttals to comments made on the internet. In my opinion, that post should be considered biased in the extreme. Either that or I’ve witnessed a rather astonishing coincidence. People sent out to do damage control on the internet need to know how to cover their tracks.

Comment from KDR
Posted: November 22, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I work for Integrity Financial Partners and they work with more than collections so just because you get a call from Integrity do not always mean collections. I say if you scare pay your bills!! its call do something not talk about it.

Comment from admin
Posted: November 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

Would you mind repeating that in English?

Comment from Jhonas
Posted: January 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

What a stu*** post by KDR !
they (Integrity finacial Partners)should have at least one person working for them that can WRITE english!

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