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Warning to Bankruptcy Filers: Beware of New Scam

On October 14, 2015, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys released this bulletin prepared by the NACBA warning consumers about con artists posing as bankruptcy attorneys across the country.

If you are looking to file for bankruptcy, be aware that con artists are targeting unsuspecting people who are getting started in the process. Con artists are using a telephone scam soliciting money wire transfers. When a consumer receives a call, it will appear on his or her Caller ID system as a call originating from their bankruptcy attorney. Victims of the same are instructed to wire money to settle a debt separately from the bankruptcy proceedings.

Threats of arrest for failing to wire money will often be used to coerce these unsuspecting victims to pay the debt.

3 Facts Bankruptcy Filers Should Know

The Cleveland bankruptcy attorneys at Luftman, Heck and Associates would also like to advise consumers on these three facts:

  • A bankruptcy attorney or staff member will never ask a client for a wire transfer to immediately pay a debt.
  • A bankruptcy attorney or staff member will never threaten arrest for an unpaid debt
  • Never release your personal or financial information to a telephone scam caller

If you are a consumer beginning the bankruptcy filing process, the best course of action to take would be to hang up and contact your bankruptcy attorney immediately.

Choosing a good bankruptcy lawyer can be a daunting task. The Cleveland bankruptcy lawyers at Luftman, Heck and Associates will always provide a free initial consultation to help guide you in the right direction. Contact us today at (216) 586-6600 for immediate help.