Scammers steal local law firm’s name for phishing scam
warns consumers to protect themselves
Texas - July 14, 2011 – Scammers
have recently been using the name of a local law firm in Killeen to trick
victims into giving out bank information, credit card numbers and other private
Business Bureau warns consumers against giving out personal information to
report receiving calls from a person using a fake name and an untraceable phone
number, who says he or she works with The Carlson Law Firm based in Killeen,
caller, who usually has a heavy accent, claims the firm is suing the victim on
behalf of a lender. The caller goes on to say the victim defaulted on a loan
and demands payment and other personal information. Victims may not remember
taking out such a loan, but some cases have been linked to security breaches at
other variations of this scam. Callers pretend to be lawyers or government officials
collecting on a range of outstanding debts, from loans to traffic tickets.
Should the victim refuse to pay, the scammers threaten anything from a lawsuit
of people around the country have reported falling victim to these types of
scams. In order to protect your personal information, BBB offers the following
· Demand proof. The
caller should identify who they are and, upon request, provide you with a
telephone number where you can speak to someone directly about the call. The
caller should also have proof you incurred the debt.
· Avoid providing personal information.
Do not provide or confirm any bank account, social security number, credit card
or other personal information over the phone until you have confirmed the
legitimacy of the call.
the reliability of a company and find
trustworthy businesses, visit BBB.
· Report all
suspicious behavior. File a complaint with BBB or the Texas Attorney
General's Office if the caller is abusive or uses threats.
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