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Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 2:48pm

Scammer poses as federal agent, called woman 230 times in less than two hours...

Orlando, FL -- Attorneys representing a central Florida woman are taking action after she received hundreds of harassing phone calls from a fake debt collection company.

Yolanda Pereira said she received 230 calls from employees of the company within an hour and 38 minutes.

"It's embarrassing for some bill collector to be calling your job constantly," she said.

Pereira said she owes $103, but she said the man on the other end of the line demanded more than $300.

"He even threatened me," she said. "He said if I didn't pay him, I was going to go to jail."

The man who called Pereira, Raymond Scott, claimed to work for the State Investigation Bureau of Florida.

When reporter Craig Lucie from NBC Orlando affiliate WESH called him up to ask if he was claiming to be a federal officer, he said, "I'm not claiming. I'm sure."

However, there's no such thing as the State Investigation Bureau of Florida.

Scott told WESH that things are about to get worse for Pereira.

"My boss told me to call there 2,000 times," he said. "So I'm trying to make 2,000."

He said if he's being accused of making harassing calls, he'd have to make it 4,000 calls.

More and more people are getting similar calls, according to attorneys.

"We think it's out of the country," said Matt Englett, of KEL Attorneys.

KEL Attorneys represents Pereira and dozens of others.

"It was actually not a legit debt collection agency," he said. "It was a company posing as a debt collection agency."

Englett said the fake company is buying people's information from credit rating agencies.

"You need to get all the contact information of the person and call them back," he said. "Ask them to provide documentation that they own the debt."

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