Tuesday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it put a stop to two fake debt scams that bilked millions of dollars from consumers.
The FTC said two Florida-based companies worked with a call center in India and called consumers with threatening debt collecting tactics.
The FTC said the companies took $5 million from consumers who either did not owe the debt or owed a debt to someone else.
The government said the companies also used a phony interest rate reduction scheme.
The calls were placed between January 2010 and August 2011.
The FTC said it imposed a judgment of more than $25 million against the companies.