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In Your Corner: Caller invokes fear to cash in


For a brief moment John Reagor thought he was in hot water.

“You hear ‘lawsuit,’ you hear ‘attorney,’” he said. “You’re on alert.”

The random phone call was from a man touting himself as a special investigator.

“I had a very stern gentleman on the other line say I was a party to a lawsuit and if I didn’t contact them within 24 to 48 hours, they were going to serve me papers either at home or at work,” Reagor said.  

We never could reach anyone from United Legal Systems but traced the phone number to a questionable operation out of Tampa, Fla.

Our In Your Corner investigation turned up hundreds of online complaints and an F rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Should you receive a call from this company, hang up and avoid the caller at all costs.

There’s no telling what they’re after but it’s likely your cash or personal information.  

I’ve dismissed it at this point,” Reagor said. “Maybe someone will show up, maybe not. They’ve got to find me first.”

Here’s the In Your Corner bottom line:

  • If a lawsuit is in fact legit, you’re either going to be served papers in person or by certified mail.
  • They’re never going to call first to threaten you over the phone.
  • As long as you ask questions, stay vigilante and do your research, you’ll be just fine.