People in Florida who have filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy,
or who have filed paperwork in Family Court are the target of a new telephone
scam. The scammers are using information taken from court documents to
learn about court cases and which lawyer represents an individual. They
then call the client and claim to be associated with the person’s
lawyer. By using computer technology that can alter a caller ID system,
the caller ID makes it appear that the call is in fact originating from
the person’s attorney.
The scammers then tell the person that they have discovered an error in
the case or legal paperwork and instruct them that a sum of money needs
to be immediately wired in order to protect their legal rights or ensure
the case is not dismissed. These calls typically come shortly after business
hours or on weekends so that the person cannot call their attorney to
confirm the request. Oftentimes, the caller will also promise that the
money will be repaid the next business day.
If you are a current or past client of the Albaugh Law Firm you will never
get a call from us demanding you wire transfer money. If you do receive
a call like this, hang up and call us at 904-471-3434 immediately. Even
after hours you will be able to reach a true representative of our firm.
Protect yourself and your friends and family. Tell them about this scam
so they don’t become victims.