The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) has
issued a consumer warning regarding a telephone-scam targeting those who have filed bankruptcy.
The con-artists are calling individuals who have already started the
bankruptcy process, masking their phone number as if it was coming from their bankruptcy
attorney. Victims are being instructed to wire transfer funds immediately
in order to solve some debt that is outside of the bankruptcy proceeding.
For some, they are even being threatened with arrest if they do not pay the debt.
In some cases, these con-artists are even pulling up personal information
about the victim from public filings so that they can seem more convincing
as their attorney over the phone. Many of these calls are taking place
outside of an office’s normal business hours so the victim has a
more difficult time getting in touch with their actual attorney to verify the call.
The NACBA wants to publicly notify all consumers that under no circumstances
would an attorney, or their staff, call a client for an immediate wire
transfer in order to satisfy a debt. In the same way, they also would
never threaten arrest if this debt was not paid immediately. Not even
legitimate debt collectors can threaten arrest in lieu of unpaid debts.
If you receive any kind of call like this, hang up immediately and call
your bankruptcy lawyer as quickly as possible. Never under any circumstances
should you give out any personal or financial information to the person
on the other end of the call.
Call Fear Waddell, P.C. in Fresno if you need assistance with your bankruptcy. We offer
free consultations from Board Certified bankruptcy attorneys.