This scam was attempted in Missouri just last month, probably because the newest members of the bar were just sworn on on April 30, and added their contact info on the MO Bar web site. does not designate permitted sender hosts)X-YMail ISG: X-Originating-IP: [22.214.171.124]Authentication-Results: mta1016mail.sp1.yahoo.comfrom=realtyagent.com; domainkeys=neutral (no sig); from=realtyagent.com;dkim=neutral (no sig)Received: from 207.1 (EHLO nlpi078.prodigy.net) (207.1) by mta1016mail.sp1.with SMTP; Mon, -0700X-Originating-IP: [126.96.36.199]Received: from mail08cra.dublin.eircom.net(mail08cra.dublin.[188.8.131.52]) by nlpi078.(8.13.8 inb ipv6 jeff0203/8.13.
via 209.1; Fri, 14 May2010 X-Originating-IP: [184.108.40.206]Authentication-Results: mta1039mail.sp1.from=fambmail.com;domainkeys=neutral (no sig); from=fambmail.com; dkim=neutral (no sig)Received: from 207.1 (EHLO flpd240.prodigy.net) (207.1) by mta1039mail.sp1.with SMTP; Fri, -0700X-Originating-IP: [220.127.116.11]Received: from (placeholder106.lanset.com[18.104.22.168] (may be forged)) by flpd240.(8.13.8 inb ipv6 jeff0203/8.13. "- Attorney responds "Who is the client, need to do conflict check."- Scammer sends name of legit company as debtor, asks not to contact until retained because trying to keep client as a customer, just wants to get paid, litigation last resort.- Attorney sends retainer agreement.- Scammer says "flying to Korea to get approval from our Board of Directors."- Scammer sends back signed agreement a few days later, and tells attorney that debtor will pay the total amount due to avoid suit, will pay on last day of the month, don't contact debtor unless misses payment.- It is at this point that an experienced attorney attempts to authenticate the client, and cannot do so.with SMTPid o4EJb Heg005773 for Subject: Legal Representative Date: Fri, Sir, This is an official request for legal representation onbehalf of our above named company. Up to this point, all the attorney did was send the client/scammer a standard retainer agreement and do a conflict check, no time at all to do those two tasks.Sogo Corporation is a Japan-based company; our area ofbusiness is Sales of Construction Machinery. But, accepting funds into the firm's trust account is an entirely different story.We arecontractor for Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. An inexperienced attorney might accept the funds, and when they "clear" remit to scammer/client less contingency fee..we all know what happens when the counterfeit check finally bounces 3 weeks to 6 months later. Is it possible to post that first email that was send by the scammer? Presently we are incapacitated due to international legalboundaries to exert pressure on our delinquent customers inthe United States of America and we request for your legalservices accordingly. We export machinery to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand,the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Canada, the United States and South Africa.
The experienced attorney treats his trust account like the sacred thing that it is, and won't accept funds without authenticating that s/he has contracted with a duly authorized member of the client/scammer company and verifies funds are going to the business' HQ, and not some rogue employee. Preferably with the full headers, with the private details left out of course. I think the realtor is real but the email address isn't.
The inexperienced attorney might not realize that has to be done. is a free email domain and was recently registered for a year from Canada.
- Intro email is basically "We don't have a legal rep in your state, are you taking new clients?
On behalf of Sogo Corporation, please accept our sincereappreciation in advance for your willingness to render yourservices as we look forward to your prompt response to our request. President (Sales)Sogo Corporation Phone: +44 (844)589-9456Fax: +44 (700)-608-1893Email: "mailto:[email protected]"The latest scam version of this scam is quite well done.
After a careful review of your profile as well as yourqualification and experience, we are of the opinion that youare capable and qualified to provide the legal services as requested.
We got your contact information as aresult of our search for a reliable firm or individual toprovide legal services as requested.