Names used by scammers who target lawyers
Email and other scams continue to target New Zealand lawyers. The scammers are well organised and because lawyers still take the bait, the scam emails keep hitting inboxes.
Names used by scammers change rapidly, but identity theft and a certain lack of originality mean some names continue to pop up. One of the first recommended courses of action when a suspicious email is received is to Google the name used, followed by the word "scam" (eg, "Richard Kofow scam"). Various other lawyers' organisations provide details of scams, and the Google search will often catch these.
Many of the names used in scams which are sent to New Zealand are also tried on Canadian lawyers. The Law Society of British Columbia has a large list of names which are a useful check if you have doubts about the email you have received.
Note that the scammers keep changing names. If you can't find a name through a search, it could still possibly be a scam.
Note also that names used by scammers are also the names of genuine law-abiding people. Our list is of names which have been used in scams which are targeted at New Zealand lawyers. It does not mean that a communication from someone with a name on the list is an attempted scam. Proof of identity from a known third party is prudent for any contact from an unknown client or potential client.
Names which have turned up in New Zealand in email and other scams targeting lawyers are listed below (the link leads to further information on the particular scam):