Scams Targeting Attorneys

I have heard from a number of attorneys that scam artists are targeting lawyers claiming to need legal help. I have decided to posts these email messages here in case other attorneys receive them and wonder whether they are legitimate. There may be similar scams preying on other professions and businesses.

How Does the Scam Work?

The scam begins by the purported client contacting the attorney or law firm, asking for representation, signing a retainer agreement, and providing evidence of the legal issue. Then, the purported client notifies the lawyer that the matter has been resolved and a check is being sent from the opposing party to the law firm. The purported client tells the attorney to deduct from the payment the law firm’s legal fees and wire the rest to the client. After the firm wires the money to the client, the firm’s bank notifies the firm that the payment was fraudulent (for example, a fake cashier’s check). Unfortunately, the firm has already wired the money and wired funds cannot be recovered.

What You Should Know About the Scam

First, it is worth noting that the people named below are generally not real people. They are aliases developed by scam artists.

Second, the aliases are often very developed, including websites, business listings in directories, and in one case, what appeared to be a Dunn & Bradstreet profile. While your purported client may be false, the purported defendant is often a real company.

In one case, I spoke with a purported defendant who said attorneys around the country had been contacting him. Needless to say, a lot of people were wasting a lot of time on the scam. I have heard of at least one attorney falling victim to this scam.

How You Can Help Stop this Scam

If you receive other scam emails, please add them in the comments section below. Fortunately, some attorneys will be cautious and will search online for the names included in the email before engaging in the fraud. This web page will be a growing list of these fraudulent emails.

Also, if you have received one of these emails, please add a comment regarding the date and your general location, so we can track the activities of these scam artists.

Other Sites with Attorney Scams

Since I started posting scams here, I have encountered other attorney blogs with related scams (and some of the scams I have received). Rather than posting scams I receive here that are already online, I will be listing the sites where I found the scam posted.

Examples of Scam Emails

Without further ado, here are samples of the emails I have received:

Steve Larson:

From: Steven Larsen <stevenl@ite.net>
Date: Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM
Subject: I need a commercial litigation lawyer
To:

I need a commercial litigation lawyer to handle a collection matter, I
will also need a referral if this is not your line of practice. Thank you
as I look forward to your response soonest.

Sincerely,
Larsen.

——

From: Steven Larsen <stevl1990@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 4:24 PM
Subject: RE: I need a commercial litigation lawyer
To: ahall@jux.law

Thanks for your reply. I represent Steven Lawson Tex Co Ltd based in United Kingdom. We got your contact information from the online Lawyers Directory as a result of our search for reliable firm to provide legal services as requested.

We request your representation to counsel us in litigation and enable us collect a debt owed to us in the amount of $900,000.00USD by a delinquent seller in your jurisdiction. We are of the opinion that once our presence is established in your state via a legal representative, our seller will have no option but comply with payment request and accompanied with legal action and litigation will push for the accounts to be paid to effectively.

We believe that a normal scenario will require a phone call or demand letter from you to our seller if your services is retained and litigation should be applied as a last resort.

We understand the concept of running a conflict check that is why we are providing our delinquent seller located in your state for your conflict check and to enable you present to us your retainer agreement for your services.

Falconer’s Cleaners & Laundry,
1229 E Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407-1620

We will like to have a telephone conference with you on this issue as to let you know further details of this transaction.

We happened to have place an order of Machinery Equipment worth $1,800,000.00, and they demanded we pay 50 percent of the funds before delivering our products. Payment to the seller was made in January of 2011 and our calculation shows that delivery is above three Months late, for the regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 90 days.

It will be very helpful if we receive your retainer agreement for review. This will enable our board decide on the conditions of the retainer in our next board meeting. Also once we have reviewed your agreement I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice, wire transfer slip. This will enable your firm start working on this case. I will also call you to follow up on this matter once your firm has agreed to take on this case.

We thank you for your business as we look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely,
Steven Larsen.
President
Larsen Fabrics Limited
19-23 Grosvenor Hill,
London W1K 3QD
Tel:+447045706686
Fax:+448447747720

Kevin Brady:

From: Kevin Brady <kevin.brady28@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 3:23 PM
Subject: CASE DETAILS
To: Aaron Hall <ahall@jux.law>

Dear counsel,

Thank you for your earnest response. Let me start by introducing the company I represent. Channel Electronics and Security Limited are acknowledged security and electrical experts throughout United Kingdom, it’s authorized to cooperate with foreign individuals and partners for a comprehensive range of security solutions for domestic and commercial premises in the European regions and other parts of the world. We export and Import some of our products in North America and Europe.

We request your representation to counsel us in litigation and enable us collect a debt owed to us by a delinquent seller. We do appreciate your time in reviewing our request and we will do everything possible to insure a smooth and hitch free business relationship. We are ready to work with you to achieve our goal as the importance of your services cannot be over emphasized.

We are of the opinion that once our presence is established in your state via a legal representative our seller will have no option but comply with payment request and accompanied with legal action and litigation will push for the accounts to be paid attention to effectively.

We believe that a normal scenario will require a phone call or demand letter from you to our seller if your services is retained. Although we believed that litigation should be applied as a last resort as we intend to preserve the relationship we have with our seller. Though we do hope not to resort to litigation unless all other options are exhausted but we will like the comfort of knowing that the option is available and letting our seller know that litigation may be enforced if the option becomes necessary.

We understand the concept of running a conflict check that is why we are providing our delinquent seller located in your state for your conflict check and to enable you present to us your retainer agreement for your services.

Allied Electronics Inc,

6120 EARLE BROWN DR

BROOKLYN CENTER , MN 55430.

This particular seller owes approx. $950,720.00 and the delivery is overdue as our regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 90 days. We happened to have placed an order of enclosures, racks and cabinet materials worth $1,901,440.00, and they demanded we pay 50 percent of the funds before delivering our products. Payment for this seller was made in 10th February of 2010 and our calculation shows that delivery is a Months late.

It will be very helpful if we receive your standard retainer agreement. This will enable our board decide on the conditions of the retainer in our next board meeting. Also once we have reviewed your agreement I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice, so your firm can start working on this case. It’s not my company policy to give out documents when we have not agreed on retaining your firm.

We thank you for your business as we look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely,

Mr Kevin Brady
Business Executive
Channel Electronics and Security Ltd
23 Avon Riverside Est, Victoria Road
Avonmouth Bristol BS11 9DB
Land Tel-+44 7526305058
Mobile-+4470457526952,+447045733570
Fax-+441173376725
kevinb@ceasltd.co.uk
kevin.brady28@yahoo.co.uk
www.ceasltd.co.uk


Howard Fox:

Howard Fox
howardfox1973@yahoo.co.uk

Hello,

My name is Howard fox and I am inquiring about the availability of your firm in the civil litigation of a default loan agreement. Please let me know if this is an issue your firm can handle.

Sincerely
Howard Fox

Robert Brooks:

Dear Counsel,

In regards to your mail, below is the contact email of Mr Brooks.

Mr Robert Brooks.
Email-(robertbrooks@universalhospitalservice.net)
Tel-9172100194.

Please send me the engagement letter so that we can proceed with this issue with Mr Brooks and attach is the payment slip of the payment made to Mr Brooks.
Howard Fox
Director
Bristol medical equipment ltd
20 surrey close,Granby industrial estate,
weymouth, dorset, dty 7ty Uk
www.bristolmediequip.co.uk

Owen Reid:

Mr.Owen Reid
owen.reid82@yahoo.co.uk
+447024077495
I need a business litigation lawyer to handle our collection matter.

Mr. Owen Reid

Johnson Smith:

Johnson Smith
johnson.smith0012@yahoo.co.uk

Dear Counsel,

I need a business litigation lawyer to handle
collection matters, do get back to me for details.

Johnson Smith

Naomi Dyer:

From: Naomi Dyer [mailto:naomi.dyer@rocketmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 10:36 AM
Subject: Re:Legal Representative

Hi Counsel,

My name is Naomi Jean Dyer. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex-husband (Ashak R.Dyer) who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in Asia. We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $848,900.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $184,000.00

I am hereby seeking your firm to assist in collecting the balance from
him. He has already agreed to pay me the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help handle the collection process from my ex or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

Sincerely,

Naomi Jean Dyer

On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 4:40 AM, Naomi Dyer <naomidyer@rocketmail.com> wrote:

Attention: Aaron Hall

I tried calling a couple of times and with the time difference (+16 hrs EST) it is difficult to gauge the best time to reach you.

We agreed under this Collaborative Law Agreement for a one time cash settlement of $848,900.00. To his credit, he has paid me $184,000.00 but still owing $664,900, He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions.

I want you to act as my attorney in the collection of this payment from Ashak Rustom Chipman. You are to represent me in connection with any matter with the resolution of the settlement expressed in the collaborative law agreement reached. I understand that if my ex-husband does not voluntarily pay, it may be necessary to file a legal proceeding against him.

The lawyer that helped me with the matter earlier is retired now and based in Ireland, find contact details below for reference.

Sanzone Randolph
Address: 96 Seamount St Helens Blackrock Co. Dublin
Tel: 00353 877 537 550

My Ex-Husband want to have a record showing that he has paid the balance to me.

I will be pleased to provide further information on this matter on request. I expect this to be a non-litigation matter. I have just advised him of my intention on retaining your firm. This was an out of Court agreement, therefore I never dealt in front of Court for divorce. This agreement is private and never approved by a Judge.

I am having troubles attaching my agreement files, could you provide me with a fax line and give details on retainer procedure.

Sincerely,

Naomi Jean Dyer
179 Prince Edward Road West,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: +852-8125-4852
Fax: +852-3015-1820

Jenifer Kama:

On Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 6:57 AM, <jenife_kama@sfr.fr> wrote:

Dear in-Christ,

I am contacting you to let you know my desire to establish a charity foundation in your country with this sum $5.500.000 (five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which I inherited from my late husband (Proffessor Kingsley Kama) It is my desire to see that this money is invested to any business / organization of your choice in your country and distributed each year among the charity organizations, motherless baby’s home, mosques, churches, Schools, supporting destitute aged men and women or whatever you may have in mind that will be to the benefit of the less fortunate.

I took this decision because I am presently hospitalized here in (Benin Republic ) where I am undergoing treatment for my up coming breast cancer surgery operation and alternative treatment for my cerebrovascular disease (stroke).

As you may wish to know there are no risks involved in this whole transaction, I therefore look forward to your early reply so that I will give you all the relevant information that will authorise the release and transfer of the said fund across to you as my duly assigned representative.

Thanking you in advance for your consideration,

Mrs.Mrs.Jenifer Kama,
NO: 7485 Chime _ Avenue
City: Cotonu
Benin Republic,
Off Douglas Dagogo Jack crescents,
G .R.A, Cotonu,
E-mail: ( jeniferkama09@globomail.com )

From,
Mrs.Jenifer Kama.

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  • Donald Swartz
    November 30, 2016, 1:50 pm

    I also received the emails from a Melissa Soros, looking for family law help. I am in Batavia, Ohio, outside of Cincinnati. They exactly as everyone else is getting. Thanks everyone for the posts!

  • Masood
    November 28, 2016, 10:28 pm

    I received the following email today from a “melissasoros@outlook.com”

    I wish to retain your firm in a family law case. Advise if you are accepting new clients.

  • Cathy Clamp
    November 21, 2016, 2:44 pm

    Received following inquiry in Texas Hill country on my private email. I do work for a law office/title company that has one attorney working family law. However, I don’t use my personal email on any company correspondence. A search of the email address brought up this alert page. Adding the full detail of the received email so future searchbots can add it to the alerts

    from: melissasoros@outlook.com via ucalgary.ca
    to:
    date: Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 1:47 AM
    subject: Inquiry: Family law
    mailed-by: ucalgary.ca
    encryption: Standard (TLS) Learn more

    I wish to retain your firm in a family law case. Advise if you are accepting new clients.

  • Peter Wessel
    November 16, 2016, 10:45 pm

    We received a similar scam email today:

    “Thank you for your prompt response. Am living in Hong Kong and Alan Soros (ex-husband) lives in New York, New York . Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call you. Following our divorce, we agreed under a negotiated settlement agreement which is incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a one-time payment of $955,500.00 for Family support (this includes child support, alimony and medical support). To his credit, he has paid me $565,800.00 USD but still owing $389,700.00 USD and the due time for completion of payment is over. Thus, I request your legal counsel and representation to enforce the final judgment thereby compelling him to remit the balance owed me. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. Attached is a copy of the separation agreement, and Final Judgment and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case upon request. I desire to retain your law firm, please forward your firm’s retainer fee agreement for review and furtherance of this case. I await your prompt response.

    Regards,
    Melissa Soros
    8 Lo Wan Hill Rd,
    Sha Tin, Hong Kong”

  • Thomas
    November 16, 2016, 9:21 pm

    We received the following scam email today:

    Thank you for your prompt response. Am living in Hong Kong and Alan Soros (ex-husband) lives in San Leandro, California. Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call you. Following our divorce, we agreed under a negotiated settlement agreement which is incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a one-time payment of $955,500.00 for Family support (this includes child support, alimony and medical support). To his credit, he has paid me $565,800.00 USD but still owing $389,700.00 USD and the due time for completion of payment is over. Thus, I request your legal counsel and representation to enforce the final judgment thereby compelling him to remit the balance owed me. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. Attached is a copy of the separation agreement, and Final Judgment and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case upon request. I desire to retain your law firm, please forward your firm’s retainer fee agreement for review and furtherance of this case. I await your prompt response.

    Regards,
    Melissa Soros
    8 Lo Wan Hill Rd,
    Sha Tin, Hong Kong

  • HCBM
    November 15, 2016, 8:03 pm

    We have gotten this email several times. It appears as though this was in Canada and has moved south to the US. It’s a bad check scheme according to the Canadian authorities. They ask if we handle family law, then send an email with a bogus separation agreement and court order that says this:
    Dear _________,

    Thank you for your prompt response. Am living in Hong Kong and Alan Soros (ex-husband) lives in Johnson City, TN. Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call you. Following our divorce, we agreed under a negotiated settlement agreement which is incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a one-time payment of $955,500.00 for Family support (this includes child support, alimony and medical support). To his credit, he has paid me $565,800.00 USD but still owing $389,700.00 USD and the due time for completion of payment is over. Thus, I request your legal counsel and representation to enforce the final judgment thereby compelling him to remit the balance owed me. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. Attached is a copy of the separation agreement, and Final Judgment and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case upon request. I desire to retain your law firm, please forward your firm’s retainer fee agreement for review and furtherance of this case. I await your prompt response.

    Regards,
    Melissa Soros
    8 Lo Wan Hill Rd,
    Sha Tin, Hong Kong

  • Donald A. MacKay
    November 15, 2016, 5:22 pm

    From: Mark R. Henderson [mailto:markrhenderson331@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:09 AM
    To: don@damackay.com
    Subject: RE:

    Dear Counsel

    I got your contact through state bar referral directory, please let me know if your firm drafts sales and purchase agreement.

    I have a buyer in your area. A referral will be appreciated if your firm does not.

    Please email me directly on ( markhenderson5@alcovegroupllc.com )

    Thanks.
    Regards
    Mr. Mark R. Henderson
    Email: markhenderson5@alcovegroupllc.com

  • Hans
    November 7, 2016, 6:36 pm

    I recieved the following scam email in Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 on November 078, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. MST:

    Good day Attorney;

    I got your contact through state bar referral directory. Do advise if your firm drafts sales and purchase agreement, A referral will be appreciated if your firm does not.

    Thanks.
    Regards
    Mr. Paul Mosvold

  • Jane
    October 31, 2016, 5:39 pm

    To me, 10/31/16:

    Jane,

    Charles Bettes here,Director at Gpad based in London UK.We have an unpaid balance situation with a client in Houston Tx .All services stated in the contract were satisfied but the client has yet to pay the final balance of $97,500 USD which has been due since November 2015.

    Though the client has never said he wont pay the balance,an old colleague feels it would be in our best interest to retain local counsel as that would get his attention and that is why we sought you out.

    I would be very much obliged if you could take a look at the matter for me.

    Best wishes

  • Jen
    October 10, 2016, 7:58 pm

    Dear Counsel ,

    We are a Europe based Marine Construction firm and we need an attorney to assist us in drafting a purchase and Sales agreement with a buyer in your area. Are you able to take this matter? If not, a referral will be appreciated. Thank you

    Regards,

    Jim Craig CEO
    Ampelmann Operations B.V

    Kluyverweg 1, 2629
    HS Delft, Netherlands

    +315 287 88107
    Jimcriag@ampellmann.nl
    http://www.ampelmann.nl

  • David
    September 26, 2016, 1:23 pm

    David,

    Charles Bettes here,Director at Gpad based in London UK.We have an unpaid balance situation with a client in the Salt Lake city.All services stated in the contract were satisfied but the client has yet to pay the final balance of $97,500 USD which has been due since November 2015.

    Though the client has never said he wont pay the balance,an old colleague feels it would be in our best interest to retain local counsel as that would get his attention and that is why we sought you out.

    I would be very much obliged if you could take a look at the matter for me.

    Best wishes

  • none
    August 26, 2016, 1:09 pm

    From: donna chipman

    Attention Counselor.
    I am Donna Lynn Chipman. I am contacting this firm in regards to my
    settlement with my separated husband (Ashak R. Chipman) who resides in
    your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in Asia . We had an
    out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay
    $848,900.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $184,000.00 I am
    hereby requesting your firm to assist in collecting the balance from
    him. He is willing to pay me the balance but I would appreciate if
    your office handles the collection process from my ex Husband to avoid
    further delays or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.
    Sincerely,
    Donna Lynn Chipman.
    179 Prince Edward Road West,
    Kowloon, Hong Kong

  • Mary
    August 24, 2016, 9:32 pm

    Dear Attorney:Mary J. Rocco,

    Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry.I ‘m (Audrey Julie Bratt) from (California) and my ex-spouse (Brown Derek Bratt) lives in your jurisdiction.

    Consider my health i should have call but due to my sickness of diagnosed i became having hear problem that was the reason i can’t make call at the moment.

    We both married and divorced in United Kingdom,London with 2 children, my ex-spouse (Brown Derek Bratt) relocated to (Oakbrook Terrace, IL), he is a business Man, he is into Real Estate Management, we both agreed under a Separation Agreement incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a settlement of child support, spousal support, and medical support of ($578,000.00) , he has paid me ($78,000.00) but still owing ($500,000.00) and the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed.

    I ‘m hereby now seeking your legal assistance in collecting the balance or helping me enforce and have him honor the agreement. I will be providing further information upon your request. I have already advised (Brown Derek Bratt) my ex-spouse that i will be retaining lawyer, so he knows I am ready to take action to get my balance funds from him.

    Please advise on the total cost of your (Retainer Fee) and send me your (retainer agreement) to sign for me to have your retainer fee send so that you can proceed from there.

    See the attached copy of the Settlement Agreement, Decree of Divorce, Collaborative Law and Marriage Certificate together with my Driver’s License.

    My Regards,
    Audrey Julie Bratt
    2244 2ND AVE San Diego,CA 92101

  • Sara
    August 16, 2016, 11:35 pm

    Charles Bettes charles@gpadarchitects.com via yahoo.com
    Aug 3 (13 days ago)

    to me
    Sara,

    Charles Bettes here,Director at Gpad based in London UK.We have an unpaid balance situation with a client in Sonoma County CA.All services stated in the contract were satisfied but the client has yet to pay the final balance of $97,500 USD which has been due since November 2015.

    Though the client has never said he wont pay the balance,an old colleague feels it would be in our best interest to retain local counsel as that would get his attention and that is why we sought you out from the State Bar of California.

    I would be very much obliged if you could take a look at the matter for me.

    Best wishes

  • Ian Rothe
    August 11, 2016, 1:26 pm

    We appreciate you giving us a chance to discuss our case. We placed an order for some goods from Fastenal Company back in August, 2015 and the terms of the sales contract requires we to pay 50% of the total cost of the ordered goods before delivery and the balance after we have received the same goods. However, after we made the 50% initial deposit, we did not receive any goods as required. The goods ought to be delivered in September, 2015. More time was given to them to deliver the goods which they were still unable to meet with. Hence, we requested for a refund.

    We have made several efforts to have them refund the initial deposit, but to no avail. We have therefore decided to resort to legal means since there is an existing agreement prior to the transaction. Find below details of the supplier for your conflict check.

    Fastenal Company
    1424 Trade Center Dr.
    Traverse City, MI USA 49696

    We have suffered so much loss as a result of this failed transaction and we are ready to proceed with litigation if the need should arise. Let us know the best way to have this issue tackled and we will comply as long as we get results. Furthermore, we have concerns and would like you to respond in detail in your reply.

    Are they any foibles you see in this case? If litigation is involved, the distance gives us some concern with regards to court appearances. How can this be handled?
    How much is your legal fee? Do you charge on hourly basis or contingency? What should we expect from you? Any guarantees? Please advise on your assessment of this case. A quick response will be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Miao Zhou,
    Operations Manager
    Qingdao Seasun Industrial Supplies Co.,Ltd
    Tel: +813 4560 2386
    http://www.seasuntools.com

  • Jenifer Levini
    August 9, 2016, 10:18 pm

    Breach of Contract scam
    From: Charles Bettes charles@gpadarchitects.com via yahoo.com
    Jenifer,

    Charles Bettes here,Director at Gpad based in London UK.We have an unpaid balance situation with a client in Santa Rosa CA.All services stated in the contract were satisfied but the client has yet to pay the final balance of $97,500 USD which has been due since November 2015.

    Though the client has never said he wont pay the balance,an old colleague feels it would be in our best interest to retain local counsel as that would get his attention and that is why we sought you out from the State Bar of California.

    I would be very much obliged if you could take a look at the matter for me.

    Best wishes
    Charles Bates
    Senior Architect

  • Craig Barrett
    July 11, 2016, 11:05 am

    On Jul 10, 2016, at 8:28 PM, Bomar, Diamond Deshawn wrote:

    We wish to contact your firm to Inquire if you are in a position to assist my Company with a breach of contract case in the United States.

    Hr Department

  • Vincent Shang
    June 7, 2016, 3:38 am

    EMAIL REMOVED THE ATTACHMENTS AS MALWARE

    Dear Counsel,
    We communicate with you some time ago via email that we like to retain your firm for collection of the sum of $650,000.00 from our debtor in your jurisdiction and we also advise the debtor that you will be representing us in this collection matter against their company.
    Today we are happy to notify you that the debtor has issued a part payment of $495,000.00 to your firm and promised to pay the balance after you have receive the first payment.
    I have attached the invoice, purchase order and the bill of lading for your review if you don’t receive it I will re attach them please advice.
    Please once you have receive the payment deduct your fee and forward us your retainer agreement immediately. We shall forward you the signed agreement together with our wire instruction for you to wire us the fund less your fee.

    Yours Sincerely
    Chih-Ye Chiang CEO
    Seika Electric Co.,Ltd.
    No.34,Lane 387, Min-An Road
    Shin-Chuang Dist., 24258
    New Taipei City, Taiwan, R.O.C.
    Telephone : 886-2-22041212
    Email:ChihYe.Chiang@seikaelectronics.com
    http://www.seika-capacitors.com.tw

  • Scott Ruggiero
    May 31, 2016, 4:27 pm

    I received the following e-mail:

    The following contact message has been sent:

    Name: Rob Kloos

    Email: robkloos54@gmail.com

    Zip Code: 16 8531

    Phone Number: 32465765969

    Subject: Please we need your assistance

    Brief description of your legal issue: Hi,

    We are a Europe based Marine Construction firm and we need an attorney to
    assist us in drafting a purchase and Sales agreement with a buyer in your
    area. Are you able to take this matter? If not, a referral will be
    appreciated.

    Rob Kloos
    Operations Manager
    VEKA GROUP NV VEKA
    Shipyard Lemmer
    Sluisweg 13-16 8531 DJ
    Tel:+32465765969
    E-mail: robkloos@vekagroupnv.esy.es / robkloos54@gmail.com

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    *********************************
    IP: 41.244.234.140

  • Andy
    May 27, 2016, 12:21 pm

    The following email is interesting (and different from most) because the Taiwan firm apparently sending it is real, and its Internet server and telephone number correct. I have never accepted clients from the Internet or in any case without a “proper introduction”, but sometimes I trace these just for fun. Clearly the scammers hope that I will refer the case to someone else, who will then really on my reputation, not the scammer’s, in taking a client risk.

    From: Wu Lien Chu wulienchu@jinruhu.com

    We would like to retain your firm regarding Intellectual Property Agreement matter, if you are interested we shall forward you the agreement for your review including the adverse party for your conflict check. Please refer us to a reputable attorney if this is not your area of practice.

    Best Regards,

    Mr. Wu Lien – Chu
    President
    JIN RUH CO., LTD.
    No.12, Lane 55, Sec.4, Hi Dien Road
    Tainan, Taiwan(TW)
    Tel: +886/6-2552136
    http://www.jinruh.com/

  • Peter Kottenhahn
    May 25, 2016, 8:08 am

    Dear Counsel,

    Good day to you and thanks for responding to my email.

    My name is Hannah Fischer and my address is 1420 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, Quebec, H3C-1K9 Canada. On December 4th, 2013, I lend Klaus Schneider whom now resides in your jurisdiction the sum of $620.000.00 with 8.5% interest on two years fixed term and to pay back December 4th, 2015. He had only paid me $140,000 but still owing $480,000.

    He used to live here in Quebec before the loan was made, but has ever since relocated to your jurisdiction (München). I was advised to seek legal assistance in my borrower new jurisdiction which is why I contacted you to act as my counsel in retrieving these funds. There has not been any attorney working on this case. Different payment dates have been promised and I still have not received anything. My last contact with my borrower, I was told I would receive payment not later than Mid January 2016 and till now, nothing has been paid.

    Kindly let me know what your fees would be in order for me to inform Mr. Schneider to expect contact from you, as you have been authorized to act on my behalf. On your approval, I would like to forward your details to him, so he knows a law firm is now involved, and that I could sue for breach of agreement if he does not oblige to the terms of the loan agreement. I would like to give him this last chance to fulfills his obligations before we start legal proceeding if need be.

    Please do get back to me so I could furnish you with the required details to contact my borrower on my behalf. I know he respects the law, and wouldn’t want to be litigated. Before we proceeds, kindly forward your Fee / Client Engagement Agreement for my review, and if satisfied with terms and conditions upon receipt; I shall make immediate provision for the fee for you to begin work.

    Thank you for your anticipated co-operation and understanding. Contact me should you require more information. I have attached here a copy of the Loan Agreement Promissory Note and proof of partial payment He made for your peruse. My borrower’s name is Klaus Schneider.

    Regards,

    Hannah Fischer.

  • Sharon
    May 19, 2016, 9:15 pm

    Here’s another scam email from Rob Kloos:

    Hi,

    We are a Europe based Marine Construction firm and we need an attorney to assist us in drafting a purchase and Sales agreement with a buyer in your area. Are you able to take this matter? If not, a referral will be appreciated.

    Rob Kloos
    Operations Manager
    VEKA GROUP NV VEKA
    Shipyard Lemmer
    Sluisweg 13-16 8531 DJ
    Tel:+32465765969
    E-mail: robkloos@vekagroupnv.esy.es / robkloos54@gmail.com

  • Cindy
    April 4, 2016, 12:14 pm

    Hello,I am Mr. James Renni; CEO of Maple Marine Solutions Limited, I am seeking your assistance in the commercial litigation of a debt owed to my Company by one of our Clients in your state. Assistance would be and not limited to writing a formal demand letter, file a law suit when necessary and generally represent us in the collection process.A quick response would be appreciated.
    Regards,
    James Renni
    Owner & CEO
    Maple Marine Solutions Ltd
    British Columbia, Canada

  • Layla
    March 31, 2016, 7:08 pm

    I am a Paralegal and was sorting through my bosses emails when I found this. She had replied, but thankfully she was vigilant and asked for further information before continuing.

    Here is the Letter:

    Hi Counsel,

    My name is Naomi Jean Dyer. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex-husband (Ashak R.Dyer) who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in Asia. We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $848,900.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $184,000.00

    I am hereby seeking your firm to assist in collecting the balance from him. He has already agreed to pay me the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help handle the collection process from my ex or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    Sincerely,

    Naomi Jean Dyer.

  • John Brennan
    March 22, 2016, 3:33 pm

    I received a similar scam letter as well. The interesting thing is that the sender’s name and company checked out when I did a google search. But the pattern was the same, including a subsequent email in which he told me that the matter had been partially settled and that he wanted my services to process the settlement. Here is the initial email:

    We have Intellectual Property Agreement litigation matter, if you are
    interested we shall forward you the agreement for your review and the
    other party information for your conflict check. A referral will be
    welcomed if this is not your area of practice.

    Regards,

    Mr. Jerry Au-Yeung
    Executive Director
    HWG Technology (HK) Co.,Ltd
    Unit H, 2/F, Ph 2, Wah Fung Industrial Centre
    33-39 Kwai Fung Crescent, Kwai Chung
    New Territories, Hong Kong 07048634
    Phone: +852-3749-9270
    http://www.szhwg.com/index.asp

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    March 7, 2016, 5:37 am

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  • Gordon Firemark
    March 3, 2016, 4:44 pm

    I received a very detailed and authentic looking email requesting my involvement in a contract negotiation matter. Following my reply, the correspondent sent another very detailed email, along with a draft contract (which was quite complete, actually), asking for me to run a conflict check, issue an engagement letter and invoice, and to review the documents.

    I’ve been awaiting the retainer for several weeks, and today received:

    “Thanks for the update, we have been notify by show promoter company that they have issue a
    payment of $350,000.00 as part payment of the $650,000 they owe our company for an unpaid
    invoice as stated in the letter of internet we have sent you earlier. The amount is also inclusive of your retainer.

    We notified the debtor that you will be representing us in this matter and they decided to issue payment and promised to pay the balance
    when the first check clears your bank, please deposit our money in your trust account once you have receive the payment. ”

    My spidey-sense did its job, and I did some investigating. Glad to have found this site. It saved me some real headaches.

    Incidentally, I responded by explaining that our firm isn’t set up to handle this kind of thing through our trust accounts, and inviting them to send a retainer by cashier’s check.

    Doubtful they’ll keep trying. There’s lower-hanging fruit out there.

    Thanks again!

  • PHR
    March 2, 2016, 10:25 pm

    Received the Shamoon Patwari email and phone call on 02/29/2016. Everything looked very legit but thanks to this site we did not fall for it.

  • SJ
    March 1, 2016, 10:47 pm

    I got a call from Shamoon Patwari. He sent me all of the “contract” documents. Asked me to send him a retainer. The next day, the “Defendant” sent a cashier’s check to my office for $98,500 in full settlement of the claims of Shamoon Patwari and Diamond Architects. I literally didn’t do any work or even contact the Defendant, but somehow he sent a settlement check.

    I actually deposited the money in my bank. Thankfully my bank took a long time to do its due diligence to verify the check and ultimately rejected it as fraudulent. Shamoon hounded me for days to send him his share of the monies and to keep my attorneys’ fees from it. I kept telling him that I wouldn’t send him anything unless and until the funds were verified in the bank.

    Once I was informed it was a sham, I strung him along. Told him the money was ready to be sent. But I said that I wanted my fees paid separately first. He refused to pay. I said, ok, then I am keeping all the money. Not surprisingly, he hung up and never called back again.

    I actually was referred by a trusted colleague to this guy who had sent the email to him, but he didn’t handle that time of work, so he sent it over to me.

    I am glad I waited for full confirmation of the funds before sending him anything and thank goodness for my bank going the extra mile to check.

  • Steve Kirby
    February 26, 2016, 6:01 pm

    Received the Hong Kong Loon Steel Limited scam email so I strung them along and they did send a phony cashier’s check for $489,200.00 dollars. I am waiting for their call to request an advance. I am laughing out loud. It is unfortunate but apparently at least one large law firm has bit at this scam and sent them $100.000 grand before the phony cashier’s check cleared.

  • Daphne
    February 25, 2016, 5:33 pm

    Received the Shamoon email from “Shamoon Patwari” today looking for an attorney in Alameda County, California.

  • Greg
    February 25, 2016, 7:38 am

    Received the Shamoon email today myself.

  • Tanya
    February 24, 2016, 7:44 pm

    Rec’d the Fastening email today from Wong Smart Timing Steel Limited [sales_0001@outlook.com]

  • Ann
    February 24, 2016, 6:30 pm

    received the Fastenal email from sales.rep2953@hotmail.com