Kinghorn Heritage Law Group was recently informed by the State Bar of Arizona that there is a new type of phone scam that is targeting law firm clients. While none of our clients have been targeted, we want to alert you to this type of scam and caution you to be very careful when receiving a phone call from anyone, including your lawyer.
The scam works by callers calling and claiming to be from a law firm. The scammers are using a process called “Caller ID Spoofing” to create a caller ID that looks like it is from your lawyer. The callers use public records to link clients to attorneys.
A recent case involved a bankruptcy matter where clients received a scam phone call and were told they needed to pay additional money to a creditor. This process has recently been used by callers claiming to be from the IRS as well.
While your estate plan is confidential, scammers may get some information about your estate plan from public records. For example, if we assisted with transferring your real estate into your trust, information about the transfer was recorded as required by Arizona law. Although we have not heard of this happening, it is possible a scammer could use this information to link you to Kinghorn Heritage Law Group.
Always use caution if you receive a phone call claiming that you owe money and directing you elsewhere to pay via credit or debit cards, or asking you to reveal personal information such as your Social Security number.
If you ever receive a phone call from someone in our office, we will very clearly identify the person calling and the reason for the call. If you have any suspicion, hang up and call us at (520) 529-4000.