CR Associates: (877) 738-4814 / 8777384814

We got a call this morning from someone saying they are from CR Associates, phone number 877-738-4814.  They said a relative of ours put us down as a contact.  We didn’t know the person but said we’d check it out.

We also did some looking online about CR Associates.  Couldn’t find anything relevant.  So I searched for their phone number and found this listing for (877) 738-4814 / 8777384814.

Just what we expected.  A scam.  My wife called back and the person on the line was very rude, raised their voice, and didn’t want to tell us anything about them.

I called a little later and spoke to a guy asking what their company was about.  He wouldn’t answer my question and twisted my words, then hung up on me.  I called right back and he picked up.  He was mad, and told me I was ‘using the wrong bait to find what I’m looking for’.  Not even sure what that means, but it’s obvious they don’t want to have a conversation with me.  He hung up on me again.

So just so you know, if you get a phone call from CR Associates from the phone number 877-738-4814, just know it’s a scam.  Or at the very least, a company that doesn’t want to answer any questions about who they are or what they do.

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  • Chiclett35

    I received a call from the same number! 877-704-9452. I am so glad to see other posts about this SCAM!
    The only difference is they called my cell and it was a guy who left the message.

  • Donnamarie_521

    Our answering service left us a message this monring saying, “NANCY FROM CRA 877-704-9452 NO NO YOU NEED TO CALL HER RIGHT AWAY.” I called but was left on hold too long and hung up. After googling the number, I found this page. Thanks for the info and the comments!!! They were extemely helpful.

  • Thomas

    Threatened me with legal action. But would not tell me what for. Gave no info about what type of company they are and insisted I give them my SS#. As I was talking to the lady on the phone I searched on-line and found thousands of complaints. Told her what I was looking at and she got very agitated.

    I filed a FTC complaint on-line, anyone contacted by this firm should do the same. Here is the link:

  • bob

    It is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for a debt collector to communicate, in connection with the collection of any debt, with any person other than the consumer, his attorney, or a consumer reporting agency. 15 U.S.C. §1692c(b). It is also a violation to use unfair or unconscionable means to collect or attempt to collect any debt. 15 U.S.C. §1692f. It is also a violation to use of any false representation or deceptive means to collect or attempt to collect any debt or to obtain information concerning a consumer.” 15 U.S.C. §1692e(10). Also, “The false representation of the character, amount, or legal status of a debt….” 15 U.S.C. §1692e(2). Also, “A debt collector may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.” 15 USC §1692e. Also, “A debt collector may not engage in any conduct the natural consequence of which is to harass, oppress, or abuse any person in connection with the collection of a debt.” 15 U.S.C. §1692d. Also, a debt collector must send you written notification of the debt within 5 days of initial communication. 15 U.S.C. §1692g(1)(2) and (4).
    In Washington, a debt collector may not “Communicate or threaten to communicate, the existence of a claim to a person other than one who might be reasonably expected to be liable on the claim….” RCW 19.16.250(9).

    I found the following information regarding CRA:

    2697 International Parkway
    Suite 4-270
    Virginia Beach, VA 23452

    135 Interstate Blvd.
    Suite 8
    Greenville, SC 29615

    Toll Free: (866) 901-7909
    Fax: (866) 596-9114

    Registered Agent in Washington:

    CT Corporation System
    1801 West Bay Drive, NW
    Suite 206
    Olympia, WA 98502

    WA UBI NO. 602926429
    Virginia LLC ID No. S130749-7

    South Carolina Registered Agent
    Joseph A Cagle
    7 Fife Court
    Simpsonville, SC 29681

  • Tyler4ofus

    I just recieved a phone call telling me I had a past debt from2005/2006. She asked if I was going to pay the outstanding debt to chase bank in the amount of 1,300.00. I asked question and the more I asked the more anger she became. Told me it had been on my credit report for the past 5 years and I have done nothing about it (because there is nothing to pay). Threatened me a 1099C to the Internal Revenue Service. Would not send anything to me to show proof of the debt. Told me I owed it and there would be no help from them and would put in my file “Refusel to pay”, would not give me her name and hung up. Glad I found this page, does give me a insight of who I'm dealing with. Thank you!

  • Cali18jenn

    I got a call from 877-704-9452 with a message to call CRA as soon as possible and that it was very important. When I called back the guy told me that I had an unsettled debt from 7 years ago and that I could set up payments through him. He asked me what my intentions were and and when I told him I wanted to take care of it, he asked for my bank account number and told me they would take a set amount out of my account every month until it was paid. I told him that I didn't want to give that info over the phone and he could send me a bill but he said the only way to pay was over the phone. I told that there was no chance of him getting my bank account number and he, very rudely, told me that he would put in my file that I refused to pay and that they would take legal action. Before I could say anything else, he hung up on me.
    People should know that debt collectors just want there money. They don't want to sue you. If a collector gets ahold of you and refuses to show proof that they have your account and won't work with you, DON'T PAY!! Don't give any personal info over the phone. This includes; any part of your social, a different phone number, your address, any other name you go by, or bank account info. Don't be afraid to tell these people that you won't pay until you get something in writing.

  • Jennifer

    i just got a call this morning and they told me that i need to contact them as soon as possible but when i called the number back it dont work.i tryed to get all the information on them but i came up with nothing i guess if you get that call dont look into it it is a scam.i was worried about it but now i am not now.

  • Lmccarthy6

    I have repeatedly received voice messages from Arthur Abrams, Director of Claims Processing Check Services, saying I am in contempt. He leaves a case # 59859, and says to call him back at CR Associates,  855-890-2920/number coming in on my cell is 713-936-2592.
    Today, I received a call from a Sean Bailey( number unavailable), from the Liason’s Office, about serving my papers at my residence or place of employment. His opening statement, “This is totally for Loretta McCarthy. This is Sean Bailey with the Liason’s Office, trying to serve papers on you at your residence or place of employment. I need some information from you. Please contact CR Associates  877-447-2450, prior to my showing up.” Suffice to say, I haven’t called either back. I am in credit counseling and paying off my debts through American Credit Counseling. 
    Any suggestions?

  • LauraC

    We just had the same thing happens saying that my husband wrote a bad check to a Payday loan store and are now threatening to take him to court, etc etc. Telephone number 877-351-7827.

  • Carolyn

    Thank God for this blog!  I just received a voice mail message from a “…Liasion who would like to speak with me before serving me papers faxed to her todayto  and arriving at my home in the morning.”   I called the (877) 351-7827 left on my voice mail.  The telephone conversation was very short.  However, I ascertained it was a scam very quickly while talking I googled the company.  Wow! 

    Nevertheless, during the interaction I was threatened with legal action and requested to provide my account information immediatedly resolve the matter.  Wow! I refused and requested documentation be sent to me before I would take any action –  I was put on hold.  Guess what happened next?   Carl Slocter hung up!  Please follow you instincts or gut because this is a scam. And the down turn in our economy has the criminials working over time.

  • TDub

    So did anyone actually get served these “legal documents”?

  • TDub

    Same thing here… Did they ever send this “legal documentation”? They told me I’d be getting a certified letter at home between 2:30 and 3:30 and if I wasn’t available they’d deliver it to my place of employment (I’m a stay at home mom, jokes on them). Did you ever get anything by mail or certified mail?

  • TDub

    So what ended up happening?

  • Tan

    Same thing happened to me yesterday this is crazy

  • caution

    i received a message from a mike westbrooke claiming he is with CR associates too; exact same information you all received; legal action, service of legal documents, case#, have 24 hrs to reply; sound very stern and says he is a lawyer representing someone. Didnt brother to call

  • lesa

    I received call from them two days ago. Since I didn’t recognize the number, I let it go directly to voicemail. The man who left the message identified himself as Mike Westbrook and said he was a “locator” for the company. He repeated the last four digits of my social security number which is quiet scary! He also stated what he thought was my previous married last name however grossly mispronounced it, and my current last name. The message was cut short as he was talking. I have not returned the call, and have reported it to the Federal Trade Commission, after reading through your comments here. Also, I did a reverse phone lookup for the number. It showed that the number 877-506-8184 was on placed on hold for a while but now active. The old number which was reported on a site that they previously used was 877-738-4814, which was disconnected as of 2/2013. If you would like to report it to the federal trade commission, you may report it online at

  • Tonya

    So glad I found this site. Ok. today a guy called my cell from an unlisted number. When I answered it he said he wanted to speak to me, but he used my old name. He then told me that he was a locator to serve me legal papers and proceeded to list some of my past addresses and asked which one I currently lived at. When I asked what this was about he said he could’t give me any information and said the legal papers where from CR asst. and that I needed to call them for the info. He gave me the case number and a phone number to call. A women answered the phone and said she had to transfer me to the legal department. A man by the name Richard Reed told me to verify my it was me by the last 4 of my ssn and that I was being sued for a debt from 9 years ago. That I would be served legal papers at my home and that I would have to pay court fees on top of the debt I owed. When I started to ask questions he put me on hold and said that if I payed 300.00 now the case would be settled and he could stop the court papers from being served. Then he wanted my card info. I told he I needed to call him back tomorrow because I didn’t have my card on me. He gave me his extension to call him the next day. I know this sounded fishy glad I didn’t give him my info.

  • Maura NíConnell

    I just got the same message that the rest of you got. I do believe they’ve gotten a new phone number, though. The new unlisted one is: 866-676-2418. They almost had me until the woman kept insisting that I had written a bad check from Bank of America through Cash Advance. Well, this dummy must not know that Georgia state doesn’t have advanced payday loans and when I told her that, she insisted that the information she had was correct. She also said she wasn’t “allowed” to provide me with any documentation. Right. Sure. She said if I sent them $600 in 24 hours, my account would be cleared but if I didn’t, I could expect to be served with legal paperwork and be sued for $2,998.72 which would be for court and attorney fees. How in the world does she know what an attorney would charge? What a bunch of crap! What was really scary was that they had references for me: One of my sisters and two of my friends in Seattle! Thank God I belong to a credit union and any fraudulent activity gets flagged immediately. It just goes to show that thieves will do anything to part you from your money!

  • monica

    they change there number to 2085381470 becareful please dont give any of your informacion

  • YJones

    Just Received a call from Mike Bell and he left a call back number 410-216-0514 and threatened me with a law suit and said good luck if you don’t call us back by 2:30pm.