Attorneys & Lawyers & Counselors, Fraudulently Fooled

Was law firm duped? ‘Lawyer’ practiced there a decade and won partnership; was she licensed?

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Not too long ago, an almost exact situation occurred here in Minneapolis at a large law firm except I think the con was a fake litigator. There were big concerns about any attempts to challenge the cases she worked on as be invalid or subject to motions to reopen, challenge settlement agreements and vacate judgments by opposing counsel wanting to relitigate the cases. Seems almost unbelievable that you’d be able to get away with this at all, let alone for any length of time . . . Full story here: Was law firm duped? ‘Lawyer’ practiced there a decade and won partnership; was she licensed?.

MKT

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Not So Fancy . . . It’s a Forgery?

Oh no, Iggy is suing an ex-boyfriend for copyright infringement and other intellectual property claims! The lawsuit alleges that in 2008 the ex (he was 33 and she was 17 at the time) downloaded some songs Iggy had stored on her laptop. Iggy had recorded the raps long before becoming so well known and overplayed (don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome). The ex says he has a signed contract giving him the rights to use (and profit from) the early material.

But the Complaint alleges the contract is bogus:

The Forged Agreement contains tell-tale signs that it is not genuine.
For example, it includes mismatched fonts on the signature page; the signature page
contains no substantive text; the paragraph numbers are out of sequence; the signature line is for “Wine Enterprises, inc.” [sic] rather than, as is customary, for an authorized agent; and it provides, as an address for legal notices, the contact information of an attorney who had no knowledge of the Forged Agreement until Azalea’s representatives recently brought it to his attention.

I love the part where they list an attorney’s name on the document, someone contacts the attorney and he doesn’t know what the hell they’re talking about. Can he charge a fee to the ex for listing him as the attorney on the agreement? I hope so.

Anyway, the story gets more interesting but you have to read between the lines and make things up, I guess. Here’s the Complaint and a much more complete and compelling version of the story.

BTW: No pictures because I don’t want Izzy to sue me too!

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Another Scam Posing as Court Seeking Personal ID from “Jurors”

From the United States Courts, a new personal information scam posing as seeking information related to serving as a juror in federal court:

 Juror Scam

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Public Alert: New Juror Scam Seeks Personal Data

A new juror scam email, which fraudulently seeks personal information that could aid identity theft,has been reported in at least 14 federal court districts.According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citizens received emails claimingtheyhad been selected for jury service and demanding that they return a form with such information as Social Security and driver’s license numbers, date of birth, cell phone number, and mother’s maiden name.According to the email, anyone who failed toprovide the information would be ordered to court to explain their failure, and could face fines and jail time. The email also falsely claimed that itwas affiliated witheJuror, an online registration program used in about 80 U.S. court districts.Read the full story
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Latest in Deceptive Marketing

For direct marketing, it must be a significant hurdle to clear to just get your mailing opened rather than instantly recycled. Twice in two months I have received the same mailing.

With all of the recalls GM has issued lately and the horrible news about the ignition switch defect that was apparently only a few bucks to fix yet it was not disclosed and people died due to the defect. You might have to own a General Motors vehicle for it to have the greatest impact.

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As you see, the mailing looks pretty important with the tear-off strips to open the sides, the text only design (without color), the important looking serif font in ALL CAPS and the heavy use of bolded text. It almost looks governmental! Notice the warning under the REQUEST FOR ACTION line about the criminal penalties for interfering with the mail! Even a partial and incomplete cite to a federal statute is included. But don’t miss the subtle, fine print stating it is to be opened by the addressee “OR CURRENT VEHICLE OWNER ONLY.” The key to creditability is always in the discrete details.

The deception worked on me (or maybe it was curiosity) and I opened it up. Upon my first look inside it still appeared very official. But low and behold, I once I looked closer I could see it wasn’t anything special.

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I was quite disappointed to see it was just for an extended car warranty. It even says right on it  that it requires repairs to be pre-authorized (although it is in tiny print).

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it isn’t a scam. After all, have you ever had an extended auto warranty and tried to make a claim. A claim that wasn’t pre-approved?

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Warning! Arrest Warrant Scam | United States Courts

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You’ve received a warrant by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest you. Charges may be for money laundering or bank fraud, or missed jury duty. To avoid arrest, the warrant says, send money.

Read more here . . .

Warning! Arrest Warrant Scam | United States Courts.

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Pretrial e-mail Scam Reports from Minnesota Court of Appeals

WARNING, SCAMMER ALERT!

The Minnesota courts website, www.mncourts.gov, reports fraudulent emails appearing to be from the a Court of Appeals has been making the rounds to in-boxes recently.  The official notice is below.

Five More Tips It’s a Fraud

1. No “complaint” originally filed with Court of Appeals

2. E-mail address not governmental

3. No “trial” in Court of Appeals

4. Poor grammar

5. No electronic communications YET from Minnesota Appellate Courts.

They play off fear and ignorance to have you bite on these e-mail scams so that you will open the attachments.  Don’t do it unless you have confirmed the e-mail from other sources first. Be diligent people!!! The fraud will never end but can be beaten with caution, knowledge and education!

MKT

Notice: Pretrial e-mail Scam Reported

The Minnesota Judicial Branch has learned of an e-mail scam where recipients are receiving a pretrial notice regarding a court complaint.  The public should be aware that the e-mails are not coming from the Minnesota Judicial Branch or the Minnesota appellate courts, and they should not open the e-mail or respond.  Official court communications will only be sent by phone or U.S. mail.  An example of the message is included below:

FROM: Minnesota Court of Appeals

Mon 2/3/2014 8:46 PM Pretrial notice Hereby we confirm that your complaint has been received together with enclosures dated January 30, 2014. The complaint will be reviewed in court in the nearest possible time based on the documents and information you have previously provided. You do not have to be present at trial in person if the Court does not suggest otherwise. Please use this link to check your complaint once again and confirm it. If we do not get your confirmation the claim will be cancelled. You will be further notified without delay of any judgement delivered in regard to your complaint. Sincerely, Court secretary

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