FBI alerts Utah attorneys to Internet scam

Mar 23 2011 - 12:54pm

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City's FBI office says Utah attorneys should be on the lookout for an email scam promising opportunities to make easy money.

FBI Special Agent-in-Charge James McTighe said Wednesday con-artists are attempting to hire attorneys over the Internet to allegedly resolve a financial dispute or serve as a go-between in legal matters, including divorce and debt collections.

In cases so far, the attorneys were paid for their work with settlement checks that later bounced. The FBI says the attorneys have had to repay their banks, but have been unable to locate their Internet "clients" or recover any funds.

McTighe says at least four attorneys in Utah, Idaho and Montana have fallen victim to scams. Several others have reported receiving the emails.


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