Oregon Law Practice Management: Check Scams are Alive and Well in Oregon

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Last November, articles warning Oregon lawyers about fraudulent check scams appeared in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin and Professional Liability Fund In Brief. As a recent call illustrates, these scams are alive and well. The most persistent fraud involves debt collection:

Overseas client contacts lawyer by phone or e-mail seeking help in collecting a debt. Enticed by the promise of a nice fee, lawyer undertakes representation. Lawyer collects debt with little effort and deposits the debtor’s check into the Lawyer Trust Account. Shortly after depositing the funds, client requests that lawyer wire the net proceeds to a specified bank account. Believing the check has cleared, lawyer follows client’s instructions. After the wire is sent, the bank discovers the check is fraudulent and recalls the funds previously deposited into the lawyer’s account.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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