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August 02, 2017

Scam Alert Involving Cashier’s Checks Sent to a Non-Client from a Law Firm

Please be aware of a possible scam in which individuals have received what appears to be a cashier’s check made payable to that individual that purports to be some sort of payment by a fictitious law firm.  The individuals who received these checks suspected foul play and contacted a law firm with a very similar name because the checks were for large amounts and they were concerned, not having been acquainted with or transacted any business with the law firm.  

The checks are likely to be counterfeit, will not clear the banking system, and could result in a chargeback against the person cashing the check or implicate the person in attempting to pass off a bad check.  Any persons receiving checks from a law firm with whom they have not dealt, or with whom they are not familiar, should use caution as these individuals did, attempt to verify the source of payment, and contact the FBI or local law enforcement officers to report the incident.

Updated: Aug 02, 2017

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