Some things have been constant this winter:
- cold & snow
- the Celtics beating the 76ers
- scams targeting lawyers
Yesterday, I blogged on a scam involving fake invoices from Vermont courts. At the end of today’s post, I’ve pasted in an email that a Vermont lawyer forwarded to me this morning. I’ve deleted the “from” and “to” information, namely so that nobody sends an e-mail to the address from which the scam email originated However, here’s a critical lesson:
The “from” line included a person’s name and then a Gmail address. The Vermont lawyer noticed that the sender’s email address did not match the company’s domain name. As such, the Vermont lawyer contacted the company. The company confirmed that the sender was not an employee and that the email was a scam.
In addition, regular readers will note that the email includes the hallmark of a classic scam: a Vermont lawyer is contacted by email by a prospective client from out-of-state who claims to be owed money by a Vermonter.
Undoubtedly, had the Vermont lawyer agreed to represent this “seller,” funds would’ve arrived from the “buyer” in the form of a bank check. The lawyer would’ve deposited into trust. Then, the lawyer would’ve disbursed the funds to “seller” . . . only to receive notice weeks later that the buyer’s check was fraudulent and that other clients’ money had been disbursed to the “seller.”
I’ve blogged often on this type of scam. As I wrote in 2017, the scam is so obvious that I consider falling for it to be a violation of the duty to safeguard client funds. The post is here: Trust Account Scams: they won’t be an excuse for long.
As always, be careful out there.
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 11:32 AM
Subject: Re: PURCHASE/SALES AGREEMENT
We have been negotiating the sale of a our Equipment
‘” Rotary and DTH drilling – Multi-pass: Hole diameter 5 7/8 -10 5/8
in (149 – 270 mm) Maximum hole depth 205 ft (62.5 m) “.
to a buyer in your state and have made some progress in price agreement.
At this point we need an attorney that would draft a purchase and sales agreement
for this transaction.
Find our buyers information below for your conflict check.
1 Home Farm Way, Montpelier, VT 05602, USA
I would like to know your billing rate and your retainer fee.
if our buyer clears your conflict check, do let me know so i can forward you
You may also contact me directly at my phone number listed below,
Because of time difference, I am happy to communicate by email with you as long
as we are able to schedule phone calls should the need arise.
Rossingh Drilling BV
J Hugeslaan 11
9462 PD Gasselte Netherland.
Phone: +31 97005034472