There is a new phone scam targeting North Carolina citizens in which the caller purports to represent a law firm collecting a debt. According to Lawyers Mutual, the scammer threatens the would-be victim with arrest if the debt isn't paid via credit card during the phone call. The call might go something like this:
"I am with [law firm] calling to collect a debt. If you do not give me a credit card number and pay this immediately, the sheriff is standing by to come to your house and arrest you."
While we can’t stop these scammers from calling you pretending to be us, we want you to know that Bell, Davis & Pitt DOES NOT initiate debt collection on behalf of our clients via phone call. If you receive a phone call to collect debt purporting to be from this law firm, please do not provide personal or financial information to the caller. Instead, ask for the name of lawyer who is purportedly calling you, hang up, and then call us directly at 336-722-3700 for our Winston-Salem office or 704-227-0400 for our Charlotte office. If you’d prefer, you can also:
- Call the State Bar Attorney Client Assistance Program at 919-828-4620 to describe what happened;
- Contact the North Carolina Attorney General's Consumer Protection Agency by calling 877-566-7226 or visiting its website.
- Report telemarketing fraud to the FBI. You can contact your local agency or complete their online tips form here.