Our firm has recently been contacted by one Anne Goldschmidt regarding an unpaid debt. This appears to be a wire transfer scam, similar to many other scams targeting attorneys.
Scam Email 1
I am in need of your legal assistance regarding a breach of loan agreement I provided a friend of mine in the amount of $500,000. He needed this loan to complete an ongoing project he was handling in March 2010. He is well based in your jurisdiction and the loan was for 24 months with interest accrued at the rate of 8.5%. The capital and interest were supposed to be paid on March, 2012 but he has only paid $550,000.
Please let me know if this falls within the scope of your practice, so that I can provide you with the loan documents and any further information you need to know. My email is email@example.com
Attorney Scam Email 2
Good day to you and thanks for responding to my email. Please pardon my late email response as my condition does not allow me to stay long on the computer. Your consultation fee shouldn’t be a problem, kindly send me your firm fee / retainer agreement for my review and upon receipt and if OK, I will make immediate provision for the fee.
My name is Anne Goldschmidt. On March 1st, 2010, I lend Brian Smith who’s located in your jurisdiction the sum of $550.000.00 with 8.5% interest on two years fixed term and to pay back March 1st, 2012. Hey had only paid me $50,000 but still owing $500,000.
There has not been any attorney working on this case. Different payment dates have been promised and I still have not received anything. 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. My last contact with my Borrower, I was told I would receive payment not later than Mid April 2012 and till now, nothing has been paid.
Kindly let me know what your fees would be in order for me to inform Mr. Smith 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 representing me and, 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 fulfill his obligations before we start legal proceeding if need be.
Please do get back to me so I can furnish you with the required details to contact my borrower on my behalf as I know He respect law firms and do not want to be carried to court. Before we proceed, kindly forward your fee/retainer agreement for my review and if okay 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 Brian Smith.