Scammers are targeting bankruptcy filers throughout the country by posing as attorneys or law office staff and telling them to immediately wire money to pay a debt.
Don’t fall for it. One of the best ways to avoid a scam is to stop the caller and make a direct call to the supposed person or company. For example, if they say it’s your attorney’s office, stop and YOU PLACE THE CALL DIRECTLY TO THE OFFICE. You know you’ll be dealing with the real person or office, instead of a phony. Don’t be hurried by the caller. Situations of this type do not call for immediate action and can wait a day or a weekend if necessary.
Here’s the bulletin issued by the bankruptcy court serving northern Virginia (with information applicable to all jurisdictions):
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGNIA
Phone Scammers Target Bankruptcy Filers in Virginia and Other States
A sophisticated phone scam is targeting bankruptcy filers in several states, using personal information from filings and posing as attorneys to coerce intended victims to wire money to the scammers immediately to satisfy a debt.