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Lawyer Loses $240K in Internet Scam


A New Hampshire lawyer has been swindled out of $240,000 by an Internet scheme.

Authorities say it involved a “client” who made contact by e-mail and provided a counterfeit check as a “retainer,” then instructed the attorney to wire money elsewhere, reports the Associated Press.

No arrests are anticipated, says Assistant Attorney General Karen Gorham. “It’s very, very difficult to find people in scams like this.”

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Law Firms Swindled Out of $500K in E-Mail Scam”

ABAJournal.com: “Law Firm Warns: Don’t Deposit Bogus Cashier Checks Seemingly Drawn on Our Account”

ABAJournal.com: “FBI Warns Law Firms: Beware of E-Mail Clients (and Counterfeit ‘Settlement’ Checks)”

Globe and Mail: “Even lawyers fall for spam scams “

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