Email scam texts

Email scams still target lawyers

Email scams aimed at New Zealand lawyers continue to appear in in-boxes. The following two emails are presented as examples of how the initial approach is made. My.lawsociety retains the (often quaint) spelling and phraseology in the emails but has removed any identifying features of the lawyers to whom they were addressed.

The Collaborative Law Agreement approach

From: LYNDA CHENG [chenglynda@ymail.com]

Dear [name of targeted lawyer inserted]

I am currently living in Japan and Randy live in [home town of lawyer]. We agreed under this Collaborative Law Agreement for a onetime cash settlement of $650,000.000 usd to his credit, he has paid me $100,000.00 usd but still owing $550,000.00 usd He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions . The lawyer that helped me with the matter earlier is retired.

I will be pleased to provide further information on this matter on request. I expect this to be a non-litigation matter. I have already advised him I am planning on retaining your firm. Please send me an agreement/retainer form so that we can proceed. Also send me the payment information of your firm just in case my ex-husband wants to make the full payment he owes without further delays or possible litigation.

When I brought the possibility of litigation to his notice, if he keeps on delaying my balance funds, he told me he does not wish to go through any court process with my lawyer or law firm, that payment will be effected soon. He has been in business for years till date, he is capable of sending me my balance money, if not for his greed. Attach are the Divorce Agreement.

Thank you and have a pleasant day.

LYNDA W. CHENG

The Hi Counsel approach

From: LEGAL REPRESENTATION [mailto:bbrenda1@yahoo.com.hk]

Hello,

Hi Counsel,

My name is Brenda Blumenkrantz. I’m contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex-husband (Stanle Blumenkrantz) who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in South Korea; we had an out of court, Agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $468,450.59 plus legal fees, He has only paid me $44,000.

I am hereby seeking your firm to assist in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay me the balance but It is my belief that a Law firm like yours will be of assistance in collecting payment from my ex-husband or litigate if he fails to pay as promised.

Sincerely,

Brenda Blumenkrantz.

How does it work?

Simple. You accept and sign up the client. Eventually the husband agrees to pay up and a cheque for a large sum, drawn on a reputable foreign bank, arrives and is deposited in your firm’s trust account. You transfer the debt amount – less your fees – but unfortunately the cheque bounces a week or so later.

If it’s too good to be true, it almost certainly is too good to be true.

[28 October 2010].