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Attorneys told to beware of scammers

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Lawyers are being warned to be on the alert for unscrupulous persons pretending to be police officers, who want to swindle them out of funds under the pretext that their names are on a list of attorneys being investigated by the Fraud Squad.

It is reported that the scam follows the recent arrests and charges of several lawyers for fraud.

The General Legal Council, the Jamaican Bar Association, the Advocates Association of Jamaica and the Cornwall Bar Association issued a statement yesterday advising all attorneys-at-law to be on the alert for individuals posing as and purporting to be police officers from the Fraud Squad of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

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"These persons have been calling attorneys-at-law to allege that the attorney-at-law is handling conveyancing matters or transactions involving large sums of money. They further allege that the attorney-at-law is on a list of attorneys-at-law that the Fraud Squad is investigating," the statement indicated.

"The caller further suggests that an approach is being made to assist the attorney-at-law based on the recommendation of a mutual 'squaddie' or 'friend' because of the respectable status of the attorney-at-law. It is suggested by the caller that the attorney-at-law should make a payment to the person or otherwise make an 'arrangement' to make the issue go away."

The statement added that attorneys should report any such calls to the MOCA department (Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the bar association.