Cashier's Check Scam Targets Attorneys

Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law, Vol. 14, p. 54, 2011

U of Houston Law Center Paper

5 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012  

Julie Andersen Hill

University of Alabama - School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

A modern version of advance fee fraud involving cashier's checks and wire transfers is targeting attorneys. Attorneys are contacted by a purported client and asked to collect a debt or perform other legal work. The attorney typically performs only a small amount of legal work before receiving a cashier's check on behalf of the client. The client instructs the attorney to keep his or her fee and wire the rest to the client. After the wire has been completed, the attorney learns the cashier's check was fraudulent. This article discusses the legal implications for attorneys caught in the fraud and offers suggestions for spotting and avoiding scam.

Keywords: cashier's check, wire transfer, Uniform Commercial Code, fraud, good faith, attorney trust accounts

JEL Classification: G20, G21, K20, K23

Suggested Citation

Hill, Julie Andersen, Cashier's Check Scam Targets Attorneys (March 1, 2011). Journal of Consumer & Commercial Law, Vol. 14, p. 54, 2011; U of Houston Law Center Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2153270

Julie Andersen Hill (Contact Author)

University of Alabama - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States
(205) 348-5973 (Phone)

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