Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 14, 2014
Attorney Michael A. Abelson today issued a warning to the public that an apparent scammer has been using his name in email messages that fraudulently tell recipients that they have received a large inheritance.
Abelson, a nationally recognized personal injury attorney and founder of The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., said his law firm recently learned of the scam.
“I want to assure people who receive these messages that I and my law firm have absolutely nothing to do with this,” Abelson said. “We believe that our good name is being stolen by scammers who are involved in an illegal scheme.”
According to Abelson, the messages come from an email that abuses his name. The messages tell recipients that a relative has died and left them a large sum of money. The “relative” usually has the same last name as the recipient. The message asks the recipient to contact “Michael Abelson” at a phone number in the 202 area code – the area code for Washington, D.C.
“I want to make clear to the people who receive these messages that I am in no way responsible for them. I have no connection to the individual or individuals who are sending them,” he said.
The scam appears to be originating from outside the United States, according to Abelson.
Abelson has an “AV” peer review rating in the distinguished Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory – the highest rating possible – and is a former recipient of the “Lawyer of the Year” award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C. He is a leading member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice. He has practiced law for more than 35 years, focusing his practice on representing injury victims.
“Our law firm is very disturbed that our good name is being misused by Internet scam artists. We are even more concerned that unsuspecting victims may fall prey to this operation,” Abelson said.
He urged recipients not to share personal information – such as account numbers and Social Security numbers – with the senders of the email messages. People who receive the messages may also report them to the Federal Trade Commission.
About The Abelson Law Firm
The Abelson Law Firm, based in Washington, D.C., assists victims of serious personal injuries. The firm’s mission is to seek justice and fair compensation for personal injury victims and their families. Senior attorney Michael Abelson has received the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C., and has been listed in “The Cream of the Legal Establishment” by Washingtonian magazine. He has more than 35 years of legal experience. To learn more, call (888) 797-4242 or use the firm’s online form.