BUFFALO – Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to put an end to a flagrant debt collecting scheme based out of Buffalo, New York. The scheme, led by Kenneth Thomas and carried out by at least six other persons and entities, consisted of contacting consumers using extremely deceptive and abusive tactics to collect debts. Using a call spoofing service, the respondents disguised their phone numbers with contact information associated with the consumer’s local county court house or sheriff’s office. While impersonating these government officials, the debt collectors allegedly threatened consumers with pick-up orders, bench warrants, license suspensions, and other serious fraudulent threats. They also made these threats to consumers’ friends, family members, and employers.