Complaint / review text:
The first call came yesterday 7-22-10 at approximately 11:15 am. The person claimed to be with the United Nations Legal Department and said I was being charged with bank fraud as well as other charges. He refused to answer any questions and claimed he had to inform me of the charges first but only AFTER I insisted he tell me the charges. He threatened me saying he would have the State Police come and arrest me, which I know is a load of bull, as well as threatened me with court and jail time. He made it sound as if there were a long list of charges. I ended the call as I was getting another call at that time. Whoever this man was he had a heavy accent that was most likely an Indian (India) accent.
I received another call on 7-23-10 at 11:13 am. He made the same claim of being with United Nations Legal Department. I asked for his name (Brandon Brown), phone number (760-582-0305) and employee number. He gave me a number he said was his BAR Association number (266347). After getting the name, phone number and Bar Association number I told the man that I would have an attorney contact him, that he had been reported to the Federal Trade Commission and then told him do not call again and hung up. He immediately called back and asked what I said. I told him he had heard everything I said and to never call again and hung up.
Using the information provided by the caller I went to the California Bar Association's web site (the phone number traces back to Bishop, CA) and found the real Brandon Hugh Brown, who was admitted to the California State Bar 12-2009 and was able to also find the firm the real Mr. Brown works for, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. The real Brandon Brown, CA Bar Assoc #266347, specializes in Intellectual Property Law. I called the real Mr. Brown to inform him of what was going on (he does NOT have a foreign accent and from his picture on the company's web site he is quite obviously Caucasian). As it turns out he was already aware of other people getting the same kind of calls where his name was being used. However, I was the first person that was given a Bar association number. I gave the Bar Association number given to me to the real Mr. Brown and he confirmed that it was his (the number is online and is public information, however, the use of it still constitutes identity theft and fraud). Mr. Brown informed me that by providing him with the information that his Bar Association Number was being fraudulently used, he now has what he needs to call the police.
If you receive calls from someone claiming to be Brandon Brown with United Nations Legal Department, PLEASE, contact the real Mr. Brown using the information I gave above to locate a contact number.