The State Bar has learned of a situation involving “spoofing” lawyers’ telephone numbers. A caller places a call to a random member of the public. Caller ID indicates that the call was placed by a law office. The caller says “I am with [law office] calling to collect a debt. If you do not give me a credit card number to pay this immediately, the sheriff is standing by to come to your house and arrest you.” The caller is not working for the law office and there is no debt. The caller is hoping to scare people into paying money they do not owe in order to avoid arrest. If you receive one of these calls, please do not provide any personal or financial information to the caller. If possible, write down the name of the law office that appeared on caller ID and then hang up. Please call the State Bar Attorney Client Assistance Program at 919-828-4620 to describe what happened.
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