Scammers target attorneys
Scammers are apparently seeking to capitalise on the recent wave of arrests of lawyers by soliciting bribes from members of the legal profession.
Yesterday, the General Legal Council, the Jamaican Bar Association, the Advocates Association of Jamaica and the Cornwall Bar Association issued a joint statement to warn lawyers of the new scam.
The advisory urged attorneys to be on the alert for individuals posing as police personnel from the Fraud Squad of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
It said these persons have been calling attorneys alleging that the attorneys are on a list of persons that the Fraud Squad is investigating in relation to property sales.
The callers then suggest they will assist the attorneys based on the recommendation of a mutual friend within the force.
It is then suggested that the Attorney should make a payment to the person or make an arrangement to have the matter go away.
The legal groups say they have reports of four such incidents, the first of which was on April 16 and the others on May 18 and 19.
They say the caller has identified himself as 'Detective Brown' and 'Roy McLaughlin'.
The groups note that the actual head of the Fraud Squad is Superintendent Anthony McLaughlin, but he has denied making any such calls.
MOCA is reportedly aware of the issue and is attempting to apprehend the perpetrators.
The legal groups are urging lawyers to inform MOCA and their Bar Association if they have received any of these calls.
In recent months, several high-profile lawyers have been arrested on fraud charges in relation to property sales.