The latest phone scam: claiming the name of Gregory Adams and Associates
June 18, 2012
I’ve been getting mysterious phone calls from individuals naming themselves employees of Greg Adams and Associates for the last two months. The area code is associated with a Florida area code and they’ve left the following sorts of messages:
“Good afternoon, this is Melanie Steinberg representing the firm of Gregory Adams and Associates. I’m calling in regards to allegations that are being filed out of my office attached to your social security number. At this point in time, you are a person of interest, however, if I do not hear from yourself or some type of representing counsel, I will have to file this out as willful evasion and proceed in favor of the client. My number here is 561-210-4826. Thank you and please govern yourself accordingly.”
Sounds appropriately alarming.
1. Mentions a law firm that can be found on the Better Business Bureau site,
2. Mentions a social security number,
3. And makes a threat to proceed to something that goes against my putative interests.
Except wait – she never once identifies me by name, I’ve never received any official notification of what this matter is about, she never says what this matter is regarding in the message, she doesn’t mention her client’s name, she doesn’t identify herself as a lawyer or a paralegal, and how does she get to determine that I’m willfully evading anything? I do believe that would be up to the judge and court to accuse me of evasion of summons if it got to that, would it not?
When I received the first phone call, I did a Google search on the incoming phone number, which matched the verbally given return phone number and found a list of complaints that other people had received the same sort of phone calls with the same language. It sounded fishy and now it sounded phishy.
Two weeks later, I get a message from the following phone number 954-345-4786:
“Hi yes, this is David Zimmerman with Greg Adams and Associates. This is my second attempt to make contact with you at the number linked to the case in my office. Please contact my office at 561-288-1193 before end of business day today. If I don’t hear from you I have to assume you are evading the matter and will be forced to make decisions on your own behalf without your knowledge. Again this is David Zimmerman at Greg Adams and Associates. Thank you.”
Interesting. They do keep track of their calls enough to know which number they’re on at least, and use appropriately threatening language but assume I don’t know that they actually don’t have power of attorney and aren’t allowed to make any decisions for me without my permission, forget without my knowledge.
Eight days later, 305-222-7826 calls, irritably:
“Yes this is David Zimmerman calling on behalf of the firm Greg Adams and Associates. We’ve been more than accommodating by issuing not only one but two Notice of Intent, uh, your state only requires one to be issued ten business days before we commence with filing in your local county. Not so sure if in fact I have the correct number or not but if I do, I understand that things happen but based on the seriousness of these allegations attached to your social security number it would be advantageous for you to return this call to the firm’s direct office immediately 305-222-7826. Thank you and please govern yourself accordingly.
The cheek! You’re annoyed with ME?
Honestly, these folks haven’t once identified the supposed allegation(s), they haven’t mailed anything directly, they haven’t proven they even know my name. They repeatedly talk about my social security number but if they knew it, they would know how to reach me by other means, not just by phone.
Generally, these phone calls are just annoying because I’m not bothering to return any of them. It would be great to pursue some form of recourse to make them stop because they are disruptive but so long as they’re limited to my cell phone, it’s limited harm done. Still, I would be concerned for anyone who did call back without any skepticism and fell down that rabbit hole – I’m sure they’re looking to nab identities, social security numbers, bank accounts, etc.
Has anyone else received these calls or similar such?