Gary H. Baker, P.A.

Attorney and Counselor at Law

Representing Consumer Debtors in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Collections
Named to the Top Lawyers of Tampa List - Tampa Bay Tribune 2015

Bankruptcy Filers Beware: Con-Artists Posing As Attorneys

Dan LaBert | Latest News | October 14, 2015

Telephone-Scam Soliciting Wire Transfers Prompts NACBA and Vermont Attorney General to Issue Consumer Warning

Across the country, consumers are falling prey to a new scam targeting people who have filed for bankruptcy and others just getting started with the process. Bankruptcy attorneys are joining forces with public officials to sound the alarm bell to unsuspecting consumers.

The con artists are using software that “spoofs” the Caller ID system so that the call appears to be originating from the phone line of the consumer’s bankruptcy attorney. Victims of the scam are being instructed to immediately wire money to satisfy a debt that supposedly is outside the bankruptcy proceeding. Some consumers have been threatened with arrest if they fail to wire money to pay the debt.

In some instances, the perpetrators are using personal information from public filings to identify consumers, assume the identity of their attorneys and sound more convincing by phone. These calls are typically placed during nonbusiness hours, making it difficult for clients to verify the call by getting in touch with their attorney to ask about it.

The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA) and its individual members want consumers to know that under no circumstance would a bankruptcy attorney or staff member telephone a client and ask for a wire transfer immediately to satisfy a debt. Nor would the bankruptcy attorney and staff ever threaten arrest if a debt isn’t paid.

Consumers should be advised that legitimate debt collectors and agencies cannot threaten arrest in order to satisfy. If you or a family member receive this kind of call, the best thing to do is to hang up and contact your bankruptcy attorney as soon as possible. Do NOT give out any personal or financial account information to the caller.

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Gary H. Baker, P.A.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
2470 Sunset Point Road
Clearwater, Florida 33765

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Clearwater Office                                               New Port Richey Office            
2470 Sunset Point Road                                                7218 Congress Street                  
Clearwater, Florida 33765                                              New Port Richey, Florida 34653           
(727)  793-0066                                                             (727) 376-3180                                    
Pinellas County                                                              Pasco County                                        

We are a Bankruptcy Attorney who files Bankruptcies in the Middle District of Florida Bankruptcy Court. From our offices in Clearwater (Headquarters) and New Port Richey Florida we serve clients throughout the Tampa Bay area including:

Pinellas County - Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Largo, Pinellas Park, Seminole, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs; Pasco County - New Port Richey, Trinity, Port Richey, Holiday, Hudson, Zephyrhills, Dade City; Hernando County - Spring Hill, Brooksville, Weeki Wachee; Hillsborough County - Tampa, South Tampa, Carrollwood, Odessa, Lutz, Land O Lakes, Plant City, Riverview; as well as clients in Polk and Manatee counties.


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Representing Consumer Debtors in Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Collections
Named to the Top Lawyers of Tampa List - Tampa Bay Tribune 2015