ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general is filing a lawsuit against a company accused of making phony debt collection calls.

Attorney General Lori Swanson announced the lawsuit Tuesday against Global Gateway Solutions Inc. Minnesota residents say they've been hounded by the company to pay off payday loans they hadn't taken out.

Swanson says the company has threatened lawsuits or arrests to bully residents into sending them money. She says people shouldn't being intimidated into paying off debts they don't owe.

Global Gateway Solutions operates call centers in Jamaica. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Minnesota law requires debt collectors to provide debt verification and allow people to dispute those debts. Global Gateway Solutions allegedly failed to do both.