According to a news alert from The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA), consumers are falling prey to a new scam targeting people who have filed for bankruptcy and others just getting started with the process.
The con artists are using software that “spoofs” the Caller ID system so that the call appears to be originating from the phone line of the consumer’s bankruptcy attorney. Victims of the scam are being instructed to immediately wire money to satisfy a debt that supposedly is outside the bankruptcy proceeding. Some consumers have been threatened with arrest if they fail to wire money to pay the debt
ESSERLAW LLC and NACBA want consumers to know that under no circumstance would a bankruptcy attorney or staff member telephone a client and ask for a wire transfer immediately to satisfy a debt. Nor would the bankruptcy attorney and staff ever threaten arrest if a debt isn’t paid.
What to look for when researching a bankruptcy attorney:
- Google the Attorney name or firm
- Check with the Better Business Bureau, Avvo.com or the NACBA
- Look for online reviews on social media, publications and Awards & Recognitions