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IL Bar Issues Scammer Warning

Posted Aug 31, 2007 7:45 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Illinois State Bar Association is warning attorneys about a possible credit card scammer who claims to represent the bar’s membership department.

The ISBA advises attorneys that they should not give out credit card information to callers claiming to represent the organization.

The ISBA says it has gotten complaints from members about a caller who seeks credit card information, ostensibly to renew bar membership. But the association is not using telemarketers at this time, according to a warning posted on its Web site.

ISBA assistant executive director David Anderson said the complaints have been referred to the Illinois Attorney General’s office, along with a phone number captured on an attorney's caller ID.

A few of the complaints, however, may be because of legitimate telemarketing campaigns currently being run by other bar associations, he said. ISBA investigated one complaint and learned the attorney had gotten an actual telemarketing call from the Chicago Bar Association.

The ABA also conducts a membership campaign using telemarketers who take credit card information from attorneys.

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