Some women who have suffered real injuries as a result of using Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi and Ocella birth control are being injured again as con men who claim to be from a settlement center are inducing women to send money so they can receive their settlement funds back.
According to Attorney Jason T. Brown, of The JTB Law Group, LLC in Jersey City, NJ, if you ever have to send money to receive money it is a scam. No attorney or law firm or anyone associated with the Yaz Lawsuit and Yasmin Litigation will ever ask anyone to send in money before receiving settlement funds. If someone is approached by anyone in any context asking to send in money, take down all their information, but do not give out any information about yourself over the phone.
$1.4 billion settlements
In 2013, Bayer paid out $1.4 billion in Yaz lawsuit settlements. Attorney Brown, a former FBI Special Agent said, “If you have a lawyer, contact them about your case. If someone asks you to send money before you can receive money it is probably a scam. Contact law enforcement to issue a police report. The sooner the bad people are caught the better for everyone.”
Reloadable debit cards- especially the top-selling, legitimate Green Dot cards — and the new money moving method of choice for scammers.
According to a recent report from Fox News Investigative Reporter Beau Berman in Hartford, CT, once money is sent to these people, they will keep trying to call to get more money.
Some of the defining characteristics of the alleged scam seem to be targeting women who have allegedly been injured by Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella and possibly gaining information from the public filings in court.
The only injuries that lawyers are currently pursuing are embolic events such as:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack and
- Death from Yaz and other fourth generation hormones.
Injuries outside of this range are unlikely to qualify for any settlement. Settlements for women who have allegedly endured a Yaz DVT, Yaz PE, Yaz Death, Yasmin DVT, Yasmin PE, Yasmin Death and Ocella DVT, Ocella PE, or Yaz Death have exceeded over $1 billion according to Page 64 of Bayer’s Quarterly Report.
Popular with Millennials
The debit cards are popular with Millennials, according to Thea Garon of the Center for Financial Services Information manager, especially among millennials. She goes on to suggest that millennials and other generational members will see the lines blur between traditional checking accounts and prepaid debit cards.
The alleged scammers then say they have $7,500 Yaz settlement money in exchange for money sent through a green dot money pack card.
No attorney should make a client engage in such actions to receive settlement funds. All attorneys will go over the settlement process and will pay funds in injury matters if successful.
Consumer rights attorney Jason T. Brown stated, “In almost any and every context if someone owes you money, you shouldn’t have to send money to receive money. If you haven’t obtained counsel for your Yasmin lawsuit injuries, you should vet your counsel by going to sites like AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell which have client and peer reviews and issue a ranking based on a matrix of factors.”
It’s a shame that crime permeates through every walk of life, but it’s particularly troubling that criminals prey on women who have already been allegedly victimized by bad birth control side effects. Attorney Brown suggested, “Once again, if you already have a Yaz lawyer, speak with your attorney if you are approached by anyone you don’t know about your case. If you don’t have a Yasmin lawyer, speak with a Yaz lawyer who can educate you on your rights as well as guide you if approached by these scam artists.”