Scam Alert: imposter pretending to be a lawyer you know.

Recently, many Vermont lawyers received a barrage of emails, texts messages, and phone calls from someone pretending to be Vermont Attorney.  The contacts did not come from numbers or accounts associated with Vermont Attorney.  In each, the recipient was asked to purchase gift cards for Vermont Attorney’s nieces and nephews.

One recipient replied that he would do anything to help Vermont Attorney, but only after speaking to Vermont Attorney.  The recipient immediately received a phone call from a number other than Vermont Attorney’s.  The caller was a male with a foreign accent who claimed to be Vermont Attorney.  Vermont Attorney is not male and does not have a foreign accent.

There’s a positive aspect to the story.  As Vermont Attorney noted in an email to me:

  • “The really amazing thing is most everyone immediately responded.  Such a great thing to have a bar that protects each other!”

Indeed!

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Scam Targets Justices of the Peace

On the road this morning, I heard from Lon McClintock.  Lon is a regular reader and frequent member of the #fiveforfriday Honor Roll   He shared news of a scam that is currently targeting Justices of the Peace.  I suspect that many of you are JPs, know JPs, or represent JPs.  So, I’m passing it along.

The scam is a variation on what should be a familiar scheme.  More specifically, it’s a twist on Example 1 from this post on common trust account scams.  Here’s how it works:

  • Justice of the Peace is contacted and asked to perform a marriage.
  • JP agrees and informs Betrothed of the fee.
  • Betrothed sends a check that is an amount far in excess of the fee.
  • JP contacts Betrothed, says the check is for too much.
  • Betrothed instructs JP to deposit the check & send Betrothed a check for the difference.
  • Betrothed’s check turns out to be fraudulent, but by the time JP learns of the fraud, money is gone from the account that JP used to refund the excess.

Please let me know if you or a JP you know is targeted by this scam.

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