The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) is urging members to remain in communication with present and past clients regarding bankruptcy “con-artists” posing as attorneys.
Over the past few weeks, NACBA has issued a consumer bulletin and been in contact with the courts and media regarding this well orchestrated scam. Warnings have been issued by the Office of the Attorney General in New Hampshire and by Virginia Eastern District bankruptcy clerk William C. Redden. The warning in Virginia has been posted on the websites of both the Eastern and Western District Bankruptcy Courts.
Despite warnings being issued to the general public, incidents continue to be reported and it is likely this fraudulent activity will spread to other states.
Members of the NACBA Legislative Committee will soon approach the Department of Justice to not only request a deeper investigation into how consumer information is being compromised but also recommend steps that can be taken to further protect the identity of those going through the bankruptcy process.
NACBA is requesting all Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys to warn current and past clients about this scam and to urge these clients not to turn over money to anyone who calls by phone.
Please post the consumer bulletin prepared by NACBA to your law firm website and blog. Also, please send out the warning via email to all current clients.
If any clients report being a target of this scam, please send the basic information to firstname.lastname@example.org. NACBA will compile all info and present to the Department of Justice to further illustrate the need for immediate action.