May 7, 2018
This isn't crying wolf. Check scams and fraudulent wire scams continue to target Ohio
attorneys every day.
Scams often have these features. Be on the lookout for:
- Emails that purport to be from a corporation that are sent from a Gmail account;
- Email addresses from a foreign country
Requests to "collect a debt" or "close a deal" often for a large amount of money;
- A potential representation where before you even have a fee agreement, you
receive a check (often drawn on a foreign bank) with instructions to deposit the
check in your trust account, and immediately wire funds from your account (to the
purported client or a third party) and pay your fee (of course);
- Situations where the potential "client" does not pay your retainer, but nevertheless
pressures you to take action;
- A short time table between "retention," "payment," and demand for remittance of
- The "payment" is almost always some form of fraudulent check or wire.
Reply to the email;
Call the number in the email; or
Send a fee contract.
While there are variations in this scam, the maxim applies, "If it seems too good to be
true, it probably IS!"
If you have any questions about any of these types of emails you receive, PLEASE
contact OBLIC BEFORE you reply to the email! We have helped many attorneys
avoid these scams and the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars!
Gretchen Koehler Mote, Esq.
Director of Loss Prevention
Ohio Bar Liability Insurance Company