I am not the only lawyer in my family. My sister, Andrea, is a bankruptcy lawyer in New Jersey. My dad is a retired lawyer after having practiced 40 years with one firm in Pennsylvania. I have three other members of the extended family who are lawyers in Florida. But this post is about my dad.
He’s been getting phone calls from an outfit claiming that they have to serve papers on him. They have left him messages to call them. The last message was from a Michael Lieberman (probably not his real name) from a law firm somewhere in the United States (I guess). Dad smelled a rat and was ignoring them. I called the number “Michael Lieberman” left 866-883-2294. A woman answered the phone.
I identified myself as a lawyer and asked to speak to Michael Lieberman. I was told he was “in court.” I asked where I was calling. I was told “Washington.” I asked if it was the State of Washington or the District of Columbia. There was a pause, then she said the state. I asked if she was in Seattle and she hesitantly agreed that she was there. (I’m skeptical, by the way) I asked for the name of the law firm. She said “Feldman & Feldman” Ah-ha, I thought, now we’re on to something. So while I was talking to this woman, I went to Google and looked for Feldman & Feldman in Washington.
Surprise! No Feldman & Feldman in Washington state. No Michael Lieberman in Washington state. She “brought up” my dad’s account. She had the last four digits of his Social Security number. I asked for the specifics. She said that he owed HSBC some money and that he could pay it or they would “serve him with a judgment.” I told her that he hasn’t had an account with HSBC and before they could “serve hims with a judgment” they would need to serve him and prove that he owed the money. (They would also have to go through me, which she may have figured out.) I explained to her that it was not that simple. And since she was in “Washington” it wasn’t going to happen overnight. We got “disconnected.”
I called back. I tried to resume the conversation. We got “disconnected” again. I was starting to feel like she didn’t want to talk to me any more.
I called again. This time I was sent to voice mail. I can’t remember if I left a message.
So, “Michael Lieberman” from Feldman & Feldman in Seattle, Washington, if you’re out there and reading this blog. Call me. We should talk.
And if you get a call from Michael Lieberman who leaves the number 866-883-2294, tell him I’m waiting for a call back. I won’t be holding my breath.
That’s the view of one “fraud-fighting” lawyer in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida. I’m Marc Dobin (and not Elliot Ness).