So why do I still get multiple scam e-mails every week? It’s because some lawyers are still nibbling at the bait. I can’t believe it. But it’s true.
Here is a website contact submission message that I received today:
Do you handle a Litigation? If you do let me know and i will be glad to speak with you concerning our present dispute.
This is so obviously a scam that many emails of this type are diverted to my spam folder. In a profession that requires cynicism, it’s hard to imagine that anyone is gullible enough to fall for this.
But then this week, I talked to a lawyer friend who had spent an hour and a half on the phone with another lawyer this week trying to convince him that an email just like this was a scam.
The second lawyer had responded. Traded emails. Talked to the scammers on the phone. Obtained documents from the scammers. And they seemed legitimate. Unbelievable.
My friend eventually talked the lawyer down–sort of. He made the lawyer suspicious enough to dig around and conclude that it was indeed a scam. But the dude almost fell for it. No, he did fall for it. He just figured it out before it was too late.
No one ever said that the scammers were dumb. These are fairly sophisticated grifters that are pretty smart. But at this point, the scam is well known. It would be like falling for a 3-card monte game on Bourbon Street. “No, you don’t understand. These guys seem honest to me.”
Randy Wallace has an excellent series of posts on lawyer scams here on his blog.
I last blogged about lawyer scams here a couple of years ago.