Payday loan scam surfaces in Ohio

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loan warning in Ohio

Phony debt collectors are harassing Ohioans for repayment of payday loans consumers never borrowed, the Ohio Attorney General is warning. The collectors pretend to be from the legitimate Kentucky-based company, U.S. Cash Advance.

"They're very aggressive debt collectors," said Kim Kowalski, spokeswoman for the Ohio Attorney General's office. "They're using harassing tactics including calling them repeatedly at work and insisting that they wire the money."

One consumer complained that although she never did any business with U.S. Cash Advance, a representative claiming to be from the company called her 25 times at work in one day demanding $300. Others complained of demands to wire $2,100.