Getting Stung

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It’s scam season again.  You may have received an unsolicited email from a foreign company seeking a lawyer in your jurisdiction.  Chances are it’s a fake.  And don’t take comfort in the fact that your Google search revealed the company to be legitimate.  Scamsters use real companies to bait you.  How do you know it’s fake?  Start by looking at the sender’s email address.  Would the CEO of Japan’s largest steel company really use a gmail account when he wants to hire a lawyer?

So how do these scams work?  Like every other scam since time immemorial.  The scamster (The Player) establishes a relationship with you (the Hook), explains why he needs your help (the Tale), then gets you to send money (the Wire).  Then the money, and the scamster, disappear (The Sting).

Of course, everyone thinks they’re too smart to get caught up in a scam.   Just like Doyle Lonnegan. Ya folla’?