Make Sure Your Lawyer Is Legit

The North Central Texas Better Business Bureau warns to be extra careful when hiring a lawyer or you could end up giving away personal information and money to a con artist. The FBI issued a warning to attorneys and their clients to be on the lookout for scam websites that use real lawyers' information to cheat people seeking legal services.

How the Scam Works:

Scammers set up a fake website in the name of a retired attorney. They used her maiden name, former office address and portions of her biography to create a believable site.

This Texas case is not an isolated incident, and other attorneys have complained about the use of their names and professional information to solicit.

Although the fake website is a new twist, scammers have long been known to impersonate law firms and call members of the public attempting to collect debts.

If you think you have found a Scam: 

Report the incident to the Texas state bar, and the FBI at the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

As a consumer, if you have a question about whether you are dealing with a legitimate attorney, please contact your state or local bar association. They can provide you with the real contact information for a lawyer in your area.