Patrick recently took up a Nigerian ambassador's unsympathetic take on people who fall for various email scams commonly associated with Nigeria. Are the victims of such scams all uneducated louts? Well, louts perhaps . . . but not necessarily uneducated.
Unfortunately, an Atlanta lawyer fell for the scam. Here is how it works:
An overseas company contacts a U.S. lawyer by e-mail and retains that attorney as a settlement agent to collect a debt from a U.S. company. The U.S. company sends a settlement check to the lawyer, who deposits it into his trust account and then wires the settlement amount, minus his fee, to the "client." But the settlement check is counterfeit, and the lawyer loses the money he wired abroad.
This scam is very popular right now on Ebay and elsewhere — often the hallmark is someone sending you a check for more than the value of what they are buying and asking you to write them a check for the difference.
Lawyers ought to know to wait for the check to clear — and with large amounts under suspicious circumstances to wait even longer, because as a commenter to the linked post points out, a check can clear initially only for the transaction to unwind after the check is found to be forged. Better yet, demand a cashier's check.
And when people you never heard of in a foreign country ask you to help them in moving money around, be suspicious.
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