Of the Legal Staff
When White & Williams found out last week that an offshore company had apparently copied some of the firm’s Web pages and changed phone numbers to allegedly further a scam in which it told people they won a prize, the firm quickly called the FBI.
A note on the firm’s home page warns visitors of the suspected hoax.
“If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be Mark Sheffield or have been told to call the phone number 212-461-1859, please understand that this person is in no way related to the law firm of White and Williams LLP,” the statement said. “Do not send any money to this person or provide any personal information to him. Also, the website www.white-n-williams.com is not a website created or supported by, or in anyway affiliated with, the law firm of White and Williams LLP.”
White & Williams managing partner George Hartnett said fortunately it appears that no one was affected by the scam. He said the firm got a call from one person who heard from the company and didn’t think it sounded right, so they called the firm. He only knew of one or two people who received a call and said he thought the victims were random and not clients of the firm.
White & Williams contacted GoDaddy.com, the host of the fake site www.white-n-williams.com, and it was immediately taken down, Hartnett said.
The FBI took the information and said they hadn’t heard of the particular scam before, he said, adding that he was told this type of incident happens frequently. He said he hasn’t heard anything additional since the firm reported the incident last Friday.