Two recent scams:
and:Dear counselI need your legal assistance. I provided a friend of mine Mr Brian Caldwell a business loan in the amount of $350,000. He needed this loan to complete an ongoing project he was handling in 2009. Mr Brian is well based in your city and the loan was for 24 months and interest rate of 7.85%. The capital and interest were supposed to be paid on April 15th, 2011 but Mr Brian has only paid $50,000.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. Contact me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks, Taylor Fords.
Pardon my mode of communication, I have gone through your profile and am
pleased with your reputation. I would want you to help me file a contempt
petition against my ex-spouse for failure to make court ordered payments
of Child Support and Medical support.
Please advise ASAP.I am sure that in both cases, there will be some sort, "I'll send you a check to cover initial expenses" that is orders of magnitude too large ($500,000 for something that can't possibly exceed $20,000 in fees), and the "client" will request the lawyer send them a refund of the difference. The $500,000 check drawn on the Left Bank of the Volga or the Right Bank of the Yangtze will, after several weeks, bounce, while the $480,000 refund check from the lawyer will by then have cleared. My questions are these:
1. Are there that many lawyers gullible enough to be taken in by this?
2. If there are not, why do the scamsters try to run frauds like this? You have to have occasional successes to justify the effort. Or are these fools that paid for instructions on how to defraud rich and stupid Americans?
Note that Taylor Fords clearly doesn't know English all that well; "Mr Brian Caldwell", but later referenced as "Mr. Brian." This is a logical mistake to make if you are used to the family name coming first, as is the case in China.