Contact 17 News: Possible scam targets local woman

A Bakersfield woman says a debt collection company tried to scam her out of $60,000 and made threats to sue her if the money wasn't paid within one day.

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- A Bakersfield woman says a debt collection company tried to scam her out of $60,000 and made threats to sue her if the money wasn't paid within one day.

But, the company is telling a different story.

The company is called BMG Debt Collection.

Martha Dalrymple said the company contacted her Wednesday morning, telling her she owed money for unpaid credit card bills.

But, Dalrymple told 17 News Friday, she doesn't have credit cards.

"I can't tell you how this made me feel. I thought how in the world can anybody get all this information on me," said Dalrymple.

She says her life was nearly derailed after the debt collection business contacted her.

"I said what are we going to do, be living in the street? What are you going to do, take everything we got," she continued.

BMG said it would sue her if it didn't collect the money that day.

Dalrymple documented the nearly four hour phone call she had with the company, with a person named Dajuan Black and a woman named Bonnie.

"I said I didn't have that kind of money and started crying. I'm like what on earth, what have we done. If it's a federal case, what have we done," Dalrymple said.

When 17 News contacted BMG Friday afternoon, Gail Steinman, its Director of Operations, said a woman named Bonnie doesn't work there and Dajuan Black was fired a couple months ago and left on bad terms.

We also spoke with the company's attorney, who said he didn't know anything about the Dalrymple case then hung up the phone.

When 17 News called the company back, its phone was disconnected.

A simple search for BMG Debt Collection on the Internet revealed dozens of complaints by people claiming the same situation.

"Words can't describe what I have been through, words can't describe it," Dalrymple said.

Police say if you become a victim of a scam, report the incident immediately so they can notify the community.

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