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Lawyer gets suckered

Discussion in 'The OT' started by AntAltMike, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. AntAltMike

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    NH lawyer out $240,000 for online scam

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Officials say a New Hampshire attorney is out $240,000 after falling for an online scam.

    The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office says the lawyer agreed through e-mail to deposit a check from someone claiming to be from a company in China. When the bank notified him the money was available, the attorney wired $240,000 — about half of what he had received in the first place — to an account held by a "supplier" of the company.

    Assistant Attorney General Karen Gorham says the check was later deemed bogus and that the attorney, who is not being named, is now liable because people are responsible for checks they deposit.

    The New Hampshire Bar Association has posted a message on its website warning that sophisticated scams are targeting lawyers.



    I'm trying to find out who it was. When I do find out, I think I'll start forwarding him all the spam e-mails I get asking me for some advance money to free up typically 5 million dollars or pounds that is on deposit in an African bank somewhere.

    Nice, how they hide this lawyer's identity, just like they used to do with the New Hampshire Supreme Court's "secret docket" about a decade ago.
     
  2. Stewart Vernon

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    Just goes to show how a degree doesn't automatically make you smarter than someone without a degree.

    IF I'd ever had that attorney represent me and lost a case, I'd be looking into a mistrial.
     
  3. hdtvfan0001

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    Yeah...I feel so sorry... !rolling...for !rolling...him... !rolling !rolling !rolling
     
  4. Game Fan

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    Regardless of who gets scammed it's not funny. I see this happen on a daily basis to people of all walks of life. What if it was your mother, father etc...

    What a sad thought to laugh at someones misfortune.
     
  5. sigma1914

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    Yes, it's funny. No one with a hint of technological common sense should ever fall for an email scam. It is funny a person smart enough to pass the bar was stupid enough to be a sucker for this. I'll continue to laugh at those who are dumb enough to bring this misfortune upon them.
     
  6. BattleZone

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    I encounter a large number of "smart" people (degrees, powerful high-paying jobs, company officers, academics, etc.) in the course of my job. A great many of them are technologically CLUELESS and seem to have very little practical life experience. So much so that, often, a 3rd-grader could scam them.
     
  7. AntAltMike

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    Remember, this lawyer is a professional who earns a six figure annual income to protect clients from getting scammed like this.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

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    Confucius say: "Money not buy brains..."
     
  9. Drucifer

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    A friend of mine just got the 'hit man' email.

    He took it all seriously until I directed him to where the FBI listed it as a scam.
     
  10. sigma1914

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    Because we all know how a hitman emails his target beforehand. :lol:
     
  11. Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    Some of my friends don't always have clean conscience pasts, unlike me, so I can understand his original jumpiness reaction.
     
  12. James Long

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    When is something this old and common going to stop being a "sophisticated scam" and be recognized as an old con?

    Nothing sophisticated about it. Calling it that only serves to sooth the feelings of a victim that should have had their eyes wide open.
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    That particular scam has been underway for over 3 years, according to Clark Howard's website (a national syndicated radio/TV Consumer advocate).

    It's also been used in a variation where you get a check for a large item purchase, where the check is more than the purchase price. The check-sender then says "it's OK, I trust you, just send me the overage". Then, of course, the original sent check bounces and the person is out whatever "overage" amount they sent.

    The fact that he was duped doesn't bode well for his common sense.
     
  14. Nick

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    "Greed is good."
     
  15. Carl Spock

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    He wouldn't be my lawyer. :rolleyes:

    This is probably the one advantage of having an AOL email address that's been around forever. I see all of these bogus offers daily. How anyone, smart or stupid, could fall for one of these baffles me. If it involves easy money, it's certainly a scam.
     
  16. dsw2112

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    My father always used the old quote "survival of the fittest" and would say that in the wild only the smart survive. I grew up with that "live and learn" mentality, not the "because I'm stupid I'll sue you mentality."

    So, is it funny? Because he's a practicing lawyer; hell yeah it's funny!
     
  17. Stewart Vernon

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    Exactly.

    I wouldn't laugh at a child being scammed or someone with a mental handicap or an elderly person getting tricked. Actually, non-internet scams of the elderly is still a big thing and not a funny matter.

    But a practicing lawyer who has no excuse for falling for such a thing? He gets no sympathy.
     
  18. armophob

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    I feel bad for all of this jack bags friends and clients who he forwarded the good news to as legal advice.
     
  19. BattleZone

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    It's the exact template of the "Nigerian" scams that have been going on for decades.
     
  20. hdtvfan0001

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    Which one?

    The "You have won the lottery...?
    The "An important check has been sent to you..."?
    The "A distant relative has left you money..."?

    All these scams are indeed out there...and appear in a cyclical timeframe, cropping up in bunches every few years. They all have made the national media at one time or another.

    Anyone who gets duped by any of these is simply not paying attention and/or lacks anything resembling common sense.
     

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