was looking for an attorney to handle some collection work. Sounded fishy, so we did some investigating and we were able to easily determine that this was a scam as well.
Believe it or not, your name may be used in a scam without your knowledge. The FBI posted a concern about scammers who duplicate postings from legitimate real estate websites and reposts these ads after altering them. Often, the scammers use the broker’s real name to create a fake e-mail, which gives the fraud more legitimacy. When the victim sends an e-mail through the classified advertisement website inquiring about the home, they receive a response from someone claiming to be the owner. The “owner” claims he and his wife are currently on missionary work in a foreign country. Therefore, he needs someone to rent their home while they are away. If the victim is interested in renting the home, they are asked to send money to the owner in the foreign country.
Moral of the Story: Be careful about contacts through emails. The use of electronic mail is a wonderful thing but be aware that there are predators looking to find ways to part you and your money.