Just because you’re a lawyer doesn’t mean you can’t get scammed. That’s the warning the State Bar of Texas (the real one) is sending to all of its members. According to an e-mail the State Bar sent members today, “at least two local bar associations report that scam artists are calling members and asking for dues payments. We have received reports from the Tarrant and Lubbock County bars.” The scam callers say they are “from the bar association” and that the attorney’s bar card is expiring or that membership dues must be paid immediately. “These are not legitimate calls from any bar association,” the State Bar notes in its e-mail to members. “A lawyer should be extra vigilant regarding scams and releasing financial information or credit card numbers,” says Kim Davey, a spokeswoman for the State Bar of Texas. “Lawyers need to be extra cautious,” she says. Do not give credit card information to anyone over the telephone.
-- John Council