Email scam targets North State attorneys

Dec 10, 2015 8:41 PM by News Staff

The Shasta County District Attorney’s Office has issued a warning to local attorneys about an email scam making the rounds.

According to the DA’s office, the scam typically goes as follows, an alleged foreign corporation contacts an attorney via email. The corporation claims to need assistance in a breach of contract lawsuit, or with debt collections.

The company then retains the services of the attorney and signs a fee agreement. All of the communication occurs electronically.

The attorney is then informed that the matter has been resolved and that a settlement check should arrive in matter days. A cashier’s check for the settlement amount normally arrives a few days later and the attorney is advised to keep an amount for legal fees, but transfer the remaining balance to a foreign bank.

The DA’s office says the check’ despite appearing authentic, are counterfeit and the attorney can never recover the funds that were sent out of the country.

Anyone believing they fallen victim to this scam is asked to call the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office at 530-245-6300.


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