Phony Websites posing as Bankruptcy Attorneys selling your information

Beware of “no name” “lead generation websites when search for Bankruptcy Attorney

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Any number of websites run by people who are NOT lawyers, are trolling for bankruptcy case leads to sell to unknown lawyers. “Lead generation” is when someone who could not get into law school, or didn’t want to, pays $15 for a name like, or, or” or “bankruptcyrelief”, and makes it look like you are dealing with a bankruptcy attorney. You are not. You are giving your information to some unknown website. Almost always, the owner of the website is hidden. Some websites like this even use the ‘.org” extension, to make it look like they are a charitable organization.

So, the unsuspecting consumer, instead of landing on the website of a real live law firm or attorney that concentrates in bankruptcy, gives their info to a “lead generation” website, that promises to “connect them with a great bankruptcy attorney with lots of experience” or some such puffery. On top of it, this website may sell your information to some unknown attorney, or even more than one.

What happens next? You will get texts or calls from another person you have never heard of, who most likely will, again, NOT be an attorney, or even working for an attorney. It will be from a boiler room answering service trying to “set an appointment” to discuss debt relief. Again, with some law firm who is paying the “lead generation” website for “leads”. The leads are your information this caller wants from you.

Next, you may get an “appointment” with this “bankruptcy law firm or lawyer” who bought your “lead”. But it most likely will NOT be with an attorney. Are you already tired of this? If not, the “appointment” will be with another non-attorney person, possibly an actual employee of the attorney or law firm who paid for your “lead”. They will then tell you that the lawyer they work for can represent you, get money from you, and you will, if you pay them $2000 or so on the internet. Or worse yet, get involved in a Chapter 13 for the next 3-5 years with some unknown person who “bought your lead”. An example of this type of “lead gen” ethics is set forth in the opinions on Recovery Law Group, owned by Wajda o and Upright Law, owned by a Michigan lawyer named Deighan The judges involved were quite direct in their criticism of these “internet wonders”.

Here’s what the South Carolina judge said about Nicholas Wajda and his Recovery Law Group:

“Recovery Law advertises itself on the internet as a business having offices located throughout the United States, including South Carolina. Recovery Law’s website lists its local address as 1014 Raleigh Ridge, Fort Mill, which is an apartment building. It is a domestic corporation formed in Nevada and is not registered to do business in South Carolina. South Carolina is one of the locations listed on Recovery Law’s website with the option to connect with a “local bankruptcy expert.” You can read the sad tale of a mishandled bankruptcy and Judge Green’s referral to the state attorney disciplinary commission, for yourself.

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Author: Elizabeth Doren Paralegal at Geraci Law L.L.C.

I am a paralegal at Geraci Law L.L.C. (the greatest consumer bankruptcy law firm that ever was or will be!) I talk to thousands of people who are struggling financially.

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