Collection frauds against lawyers
Over the last while we have seen an increasing number of attempted frauds against lawyers. Most are a scheme where a new client wants help to collect a debt. The debt gets collected - by way of a fraudulent cheque - and pressure is put on to pay the funds to the client before the cheque clears. The fraudsters are getting more sophisticated in their approach. See, for example, this article by Dan Pinnington on Slaw that describes an actual situation.
The fraudsters sometimes use spam techniques. For example, this email - supposedly from a company in Hong Kong - was caught in my spam filter today.
The purpose of this email is to inform you that we found your web profile very interesting and would like to enter into a one year Attorney-Client Retainer agreement with you as our accredited Attorney to collect my company's several overdue accounts receivable from our debtors in that region.
The most obvious clue that this is not legtimate (in addition to our spam filter realizing it is spam) is that if they had actually checked my web profile, it says nothing to suggest that my practice deals with collections or litigation.