It has come to our attention that people claiming to be associated with "Gardner Carton & Douglas," "Drinker Biddle & Reath" or variations of those names have been making threatening and abusive calls to individuals (victims) and claiming to be collecting on a debt the victims have incurred.

This is a hoax and a scam. Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP is not a collection agency. We do not contact individuals to collect consumer debts of this kind, and we do not act the way these callers do. We uphold the highest standards of professional conduct and legal ethics.

Please be assured that we are working with the FBI to resolve this issue. You can help protect other victims of this scam. If you have received one of these calls, please call your local FBI office or the Attorney General in your state, or file a complaint at This is the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center. And please call us at (202) 230-5831 and ask for Sheila Bonham, Director of Administration, Washington D.C.