I came across “Avoid a Claim” blog today, which gives notice of a Family Law collection scam email from a Kathy Cheung. Since I work primarily in Family Law, this of course drew my attention. It starts out with:
“Greeting Counsel, Great day to you, my purpose for contacting your firm is to inquire for representation. I have a premium settlement case that needs to be addressed and finalized as soon as possible. The need to gain your representation is to enforce the settlement agreed upon by my ex-spouse and I. This agreement has been adjudicated but so far, it has not been formally adhered to properly, by my ex-husband. I say this because, as of today he still owes me a gross amount in settlement funds.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I am pretty particular about the e-mails I receive and this one would concern me from the get-go. That being said, I personally know an attorney who has received other “interesting” e-mails offering money, (you know the ones, you deposit the check and get to keep one-half of the funds), and has found these e-mails believable.
These emails currently being sent are separately addressed to individual lawyers (in many cases these fraud blasts are BCCs and appear as addressed to “undisclosed recipients”). It is also noted that the From email address is different than the email address listed in the body of the email. Oh big red flag!!
If you or your attorney/firm have been targeted by this fraud, please forward any of the emails you have received to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been or know someone who has successfully been duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO (instructions on how are here), as there may be a claim against you.
Further fraud prevention information and resources are available on the practicePRO Fraud page (www.practicepro.ca/fraud), including the Fraud Fact Sheet, a handy reference for lawyers and law firm staff that describes the common frauds and the red flags that can help identify them.