Scam misappropriates Florida lawyer’s name

first_img Scam misappropriates Florida lawyer’s name November 1, 2011 Regular News Scam misappropriates Florida lawyer’s namecenter_img Bradd L. Weinberg, a criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach, was surprised when the voice on the other end of the phone asked if his firm was facilitating the awarding of a sweepstakes’ prize.He wasn’t. Turns out someone running a scam was using his firm’s name to perpetuate their nefarious scheme.Weinberg said he received a call October 17 from a man in Texas who said he received a phone call alerting him that he had won a sweepstakes and that the prize would be disbursed by an attorney’s office that would soon make contact with him. The offices of Bradd L. Weinberg, P.A., to be exact.“I told him I did not know anything about it,” said Weinberg, disappointed that his name was being used in the scam and concerned that somehow he might be accused of participating in the ruse.Weinberg called his local state attorney’s office, the Florida Attorney General’s Office, and the Bar to report the matter.“My worry is. . . some people will not be smart enough to verify it, and they will fork over money.. . . ”Typically, in such a scam, “the mark” would be asked to provide the con artist with a processing fee or service charges to collect the award or divulge bank account or other sensitive personal information.Weinberg said the Texan became wary when he called the phone number that came up on his caller ID during the initial call. He didn’t get an answer. So he looked Weinberg up and found his real office number.“The scam did not get very far with him, because he basically called to check up and got in touch with me,” Weinberg said. “I told him I did not know anything about it and not to deal with those people.”The News dialed the number that came up on the Texas man’s phone. The call was answered by an unprofessional-sounding voice message stating, “The number you have dialed is unallocated.”Weinberg is pained that lawyers’ good names could be sullied by this type of scam, through no fault of their own.“It’s not good.”last_img