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Scammers using real lawyers’ phone numbers

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Scammers using real lawyers’ phone numbers

Con artists using legitimate lawyers’ phone numbers to dupe the public appears to be the latest in a string of scams involving lawyers.

“My understanding is that caller ID makes it appear that the caller is calling from the phone number of a legitimate law office,” said Katherine E. Jean, counsel for the North Carolina State Bar. “The criminal calls a random member of the public to say, ‘I’m calling from lawyer X’s office. You owe my client money. You must pay up a (fictitious) debt immediately or I’ll have the sheriff come arrest you right now.’”

At this time, The Florida Bar has no knowledge of this scam using the phone numbers of Florida lawyers.