Scam Targets Attorneys

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Be advised that attorneys are receiving emails from purported clients residing in a foreign country, mostly Japan, asking for legal assistance to collect a debt. Scammers develop an attorney- client relationship, send the attorney a notice from the debtor agreeing to pay the debt and a Cashier’s Check with instructions to forward amounts due to the client via wire transfer. The Cashier’s Check is eventually returned by the paying bank as counterfeit leaving the account with a negative balance. Be aware the scammers impersonate real companies; one such company is Ferguson Enterprises Inc. If solicited by clients via email residing in a foreign country, it may be best to wait two to three weeks prior to forwarding any money to ensure the Cashier’s Check has been paid by the issuing bank.