Scam Arrest Warrants – United States District Court

Scam arrest warrants are being sent by fax and email purportedly from the United States District Court, which could include the Bankruptcy Court.  Please see the notice and information below that was distributed by the United States Courts.  The notice details the scam practices and who to contact if you have received any of these bogus arrest warrants.

Warning! Arrest Warrant Scam

You’ve received a warrant by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest you. Charges may be for money laundering or bank fraud, or missed jury duty. To avoid arrest, the warrant says, send money.

It’s a scam.

The warrants may display a bogus logo of an unspecified “United States District Court,” a case number, and various charges. Typically, recipients are instructed to call a number to get a “settlement” or to wire money to avoid arrest.

The warrant is phony. A valid warrant would not be served by fax or e-mail. It would be served in person by a U.S. Marshal or other law enforcement officer.

Anyone receiving a fake arrest warrant should contact the FBI or the district U.S. Marshals Office. If there is any question regarding the authenticity of a warrant, contact your district clerk of court.

The fake arrest warrants have been reported across the country, including in the District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio, Southern District of Illinois, New Mexico, Western District of Kentucky, Utah, the District of Columbia, and throughout Florida. Anyone demanding or obtaining money or anything of value while impersonating an officer or employee of the United States may be fined and/or imprisoned up to three years.

New Year Thank You After Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Mr. Jackson.

I wanted to start my New Year with a Thank You!!

I was a client in 2013 and so much appreciated and relied on your help.

When I first called your office for information you were so professional, I never felt judged or disrespected.  I guess we beat ourselves up for our situations.

Thanks again for your professional help.

No Surprises at 341 Hearing

We would like to highly recommend the services of Jeff Jackson.  His is without a doubt on of the finest attorneys in his field.  His is a gentleman who cares about his clients and makes sure that there are no surprises.  His representation at the hearing was absolutely outstanding.

Couldn’t Have Made It Without You

Thank you for all your help this past year.  Couldn’t made it without you.  I appreciate all your help.

PayDay Loan

Payday loans are short term loans with extremely high interest rates.  Typically the term of the loan is your next payday.  Interest on payday loans is very high.  Payday loans are legal in Ohio.

ATTORNEY OUTLINES LEGAL OPTIONS FOR FINANCIAL CHALLENGES

Do you need legal guidance regarding your financial challenges? Would you like to know more about bankruptcy and other options? New Directions Career Center, a non-profit organization serving Central Ohio for more than 30 years, invites you to hear Attorney James Jeffery Jackson, a legal expert who specializes in assisting clients address debt issues. This one hour workshop entitled, Bankruptcy: Putting Your Financial World Back Together Again, is designed to educate participants on legal options regarding financial difficulties – and how to recover from bankruptcy. It will be held on Wednesday, June 26th, from 3:15pm – 4:45pm. Made possible by our generous sponsors, the workshop will be held at 199 E. Rich Street. A suggested $10.00 registration fee is payable at the door; however, the Center assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, call 849-0028, extension “100”.

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Alone with Debt – Finding Hope

I was at a point in life I didn’t know what to do. For one year I tried to pay all my bills. There was never anything left for food or medications. I did without medications for about 3 months. Very little food – just enough to get by. I found I was losing weight and didn’t feel good.

I called my attorney. She referred me to Jeff Jackson. I talked to Jeff and told him my problem. First time I met him he gave me Hope of a way out. He suggested I file a Chapter 7 because there wasn’t another good option. [I work part time and receive Social Security. It wasn’t enough.] It was hopeless.

Jeff said I had to go through credit counseling. First course of Access Hope on the internet. My daughter helped me. It was the best 2-1/2 hrs I ever spent.

Then Jeff filed my case in April.

I took the required second course [Dave Ramsey’s Debtor Education] on the internet. A friend helped me with it. This course was so easy to understand. It was about how to handle your money and get on a budget. I told Jeff I wish I had taken this course 50 years ago. I wouldn’t be in the bad mess that I’m in.

One thing, Jeff was very understanding. I would recommend Jeff to anyone. He was very helpful to me. If I didn’t understand he would explain.

The program was Great! I learned:
• About the myths of Consolidation Loans;
• You can’t borrow yourself out of debt;
• Reverse Mortgages are not good;
• Credit Cards are bad; and
• Payday Loans are bad.

I learned a lot [from this process.] I believe I did everything wrong in the last 50 years.

There is hope to get out of debt.

Definition of Creditor

A Creditor is someone you owe money to.  A secured creditor has a lien on your property to make sure you pay the debt.  An unsecured creditor does not have an interest in your property.  An unsecured creditor can become a secured creditor if they sue you and win.

What is Forgiven Debt

Forgiven Debt, or debt forgiveness, is when your creditor gives up.  They charge off the debt and take the loss.  They report the loss on their tax returns.  Their loss becomes income to you.  The IRS will tax you on forgiven debt.

When you settle a debt for less than you owe debt is forgiven.  You will owe taxes on the amount of forgiven debt.

What is a Tax Lien

A Tax Lien is a legal right the government has in your property.  If you fail to pay your income taxes a tax lien may be placed on your property.  The government can take your property and sell it to pay your taxes.

Taxing agencies are not required to file a lawsuit first.  They just need to file the lien in the court and they have a right in your property.

Federal tax liens affect your property wherever is it.  The federal tax lien may be filed in the state in which you live.  Your property in another state is still affected by the lien.  State tax liens are similar to federal tax liens