Attorney Martin Arbus has found himself at the center of an international scam targeted at attorneys. He has heard from lawyers around the country about e-mails, purporting to be from him, that ask them to help a Chinese company collect a $700,000 debt. Lawyers are asked to send a check to the "client" after receiving a phony check from the "debtor" to deposit in their accounts. One lawyer targeted in a similar scam said the scheme sounded legitimate "until they sent me a check and didn't ask for a release."
Beware of Lawyers Bearing Foreign Clients
New Jersey Law Journal
January 21, 2009