Fake Law Firms

Fake Law Firms: How They Work

Did you know that a lawsuit is filed every 2.5 seconds? In fact, for every doctor in medical school, there are three lawyers in law school. Law has been a thriving industry for centuries that shows no sign of slowing down.

It is no wonder that when you crack open a phone book or search for a lawyer online, you are going to come up with a multitude of listings. With such a wide range of firms and professionals to choose from it can be a taunting jungle to weed through.

Usually, we never need to look for a lawyer or attorney unless we experience some crisis; at which time no one is thinking anyway. Next time you are in the market for a law firm to represent you, be sure to investigate them more in-depth than just skimming through their website.

However, beware of massive scams involving law firms, from fake Gold IRA companies to ones that threaten you with legal actions. What are we talking about?

Let’s look at some fraudulent practices. Meanwhile, please share your experience in the comments section so we can create a list with fake law firm names.

 

Scenario 1: Impersonating Real Law Offices

Watch the video below to see how this scam works regardless of the state you live in [replace the state in the video with yours:

Law Offices Scam Video

There have been a large number of phony legal firms to cheat unsuspecting individuals out of “legal fees,” as many as one a day has been reported in some areas. One might wonder how these scammers are pulling it off and getting away with cheating so many people out of their money.

These crooks have been creating their own law firm websites to give an air of authority or success to their frauds.

fake lawyer and legal firms businessman talking on phone

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We have all discovered the miracle of copy and paste; one can even save things on their own computer (pictures, articles, etc.) and use them for another purpose later.

These bogus websites feature the pictures, names, and even some of the company slogans of existing lawyers and staff, which have been copied from the sites of legitimate firms to be used for less than honorable purposes. They work with the credibility of others listing their contact information so that you deal with them rather than the litigate professionals.

The scams that these criminals have been pulling off behind the false legal fronts range from inheritance suits to accident compensation, and investments, but the list is not limited there. If your issue needs a lawyer to represent you, then you can almost guarantee that there is a phony law firm trying to swindle you out of money for that case.

How are they making a profit from this? Scammers require money in advance and then never deliver a service. Using advance fees, invoices for impending accusations and investments are just a few of the “legal fees” they charge, and once they get their money they are gone, and you are a victim of their scam! One example is the fake Marvin Roger Law email.

Some law firms, depending on your case, will require upfront costs, but there are still several ways to avoid being taken advantage of by false law firms.

Scenario 2: Legal Action Threats

In a second variation of the scam, fake lawyers contact victims via phone and claim to represent loan companies, the Government or even simple citizens. They say there has been a legal action taken against you or a family member. They also provide a bogus case number assigned to your name.

The scammers ask you for personal information otherwise they threaten to proceed with the legal action. The conversation may vary, but the bottom line is that they will ask for money if you want the case removed from the court schedule.

Fake Law Firms: How To Avoid

Always meet with your lawyer in person and at their office. If you found their online contact phone them to set an appointment. Insist that you meet at their place of work, finding a lawyer in a phone book might also help deplete your chances of being scammed. Though you could run the risk of being scammed online, there is a far less likely chance, if any, that those guilty of fraud have set up their own establishment and staff.

Never pay for anything over the phone or online, it is worth the trip to their office. As always, it is best to ask around and get a referral from someone you know and trust. If someone else had a good experience, it is improbable that firm is a sham.

Since we are on the illegal side of things, watch out for a few other fraudulent moves that are happening these days, such as the Multilevel Marketing Scheme or the Copyright Email Scam.

Fake Law Firm Names: Report Below

Make your family and friends aware of the Fake Lawyer Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report any kind of scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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Sandra Obermeier

I hired a Lawyer last month in Greenville, SC and he told me I had a good case. He told me what all he would do to the Company that I wanted to sue. He told me I had to pay him a $2,500.00 retainer. When I handed him my credit card he said that he would have to have cash. I wrote him a check and he immediately cashed it but, I have not heard from him since! I have goggled his name and found out from a review that he already scammed a man out of his money.… Read more »

Gloria

hey if you have that problem still, i recommend MAXIM ADVOCATES UGANDA i was in a similar problem and the lawyer Ms. Sheilah Namahe helped me out helped me out you can go check there website out

Gail Smith

The name is Midwest Disabiliy!!! Got papers from them to sign and fill out, without knowing if they are real or not, I am not sending nothing. Please help me

Kean Jan

bentley Van Dijk is a false law firm from canada here is the details http:/www./bentleyvandijkfirm.com/

Graham Lynes

Bentley Van Dijk Firm I almost got caught by this company on a binary option recovery room scam they have sent me a copy of a previous claim for a client and I have spoken to the FCA in London and they have informed me that the letterhead and logo was a fake copy and there was no associated hearing on the dates given in the ORDER, and the title of the CEO was incorrect, the FCA have advised that they are a scam recovery firm, I am now reporting them to the City Of London Police Action Fraud department.… Read more »

Jean Lonsdale

I seen a solicitors on line i called them regarding historical abuse ive reported it to the police ive asked the solicitor to help me get compensation the solicitor is in Halifax every time put call i get a message to say he isn’t in ive asked for some advice about the law firm but i havnt recived anything

Peter Eppich

Carey Law LLC Atlanta is a fake law firm that sends his scam per fax to german users.

Itzel Guzman

I think I’ve been scammed

Karena durkin

I have been scammed buy a lawyer I used 9 years ago . She was my lawyer 9 years ago she worked for my business on and off for 3 years . Then reasently I contacted her again placed money in her account she did not do any of the work she said she was doing so we looked her up on the law sersity page her name never turned up in any way . Her name is Betty Manning’s keep away from her never trust people that say hear you go hear is a grate lawyer she will do… Read more »

Krystyna

Not sure if this is a law firm scam, but I just got 2 phone calls (1 at home and 1 on my cell) yesterday from a number [877-992-8907]. Looking for a Lori Santamassino and talking about a complaint being filed against her. The left messages as we do not pick up calls from numbers we don’t recognize. The person leaving the message was a woman calling herself "Ashley Graham". Anyway, I called them yesterday to find out how they got 2 of my numbers for this woman. They said that Ashley Graham was not in and then the woman… Read more »

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