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Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association-Fraud Alert

August 19, 2013


Re:  Fraud Alert



 FCBA members, you may have read about this scam but given the risk of loss, it is worth a reminder.  One of our members received …letter and check in an envelope with a Rochester return address and Canada Post stamp.  The check is a real bank check and so is the Rochester address (but note that the remitter does not exist at this address – our member checked).   The recipient does not represent the entity referenced in the memo line of the check.   (That entity is real too.)  Note that the amount of the check is more than the amount identified in the letter.  The scam  – you notify the sender as requested, during which he suddenly realizes that he has sent you a bank check for more than he should have so he asks you to deposit it and remit the difference to him.  It is suspected that he asks for a wire transfer or firm check to expedite return of the overpayment, and because it is a bank check he assures you that it is as good as cash.  The deposit bounces (not quickly though because it is drawn on a Canadian bank which happens to have US branches but this is clearly a Canadian branch), but your wire or check is good of course, and you are out the difference.  There variations on this scam but you get the point.  Lawyers have been duped by this scam and variations of it.  If it looks too good to be true, it is.



Sent on behalf of the NDNY FCBA Officers,

Melissa M. Withers


NDNY Federal Court Bar Association, Inc.

(315) 422-2799


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