Sadly, we are all potential victims of fraud on the internet. It is everywhere! And even though I am a former federal prosecutor for over 20 years, (and currently, a criminal defense lawyer with my sons in Augusta, Georgia), I receive unsolicited emails from con artists all the time! Here is a sample which I just received at the Goolsby Law Firm:
Greetings of the day. My name is Igor Iv__, I represent Mr. Mikhail
K., he is the former CEO of Y. Oil Company here in
Russia. A briefing on Y. Oil Company can be checked via this link:
I have a very sensitive and confidential briefing from the top
(Oligarch) to ask for your partnership in re-profiling some fund
running into several millions of United States Dollars. This will be
done in barges to ensure a smooth business venture. I suggest that
this business deal be kept discreet as my client is not in favor of
the current Russian government. See link for more details:
Note that this transaction is a Bank to Bank transaction and all
documents backing this transaction will be sent to you for subsequent
I look forward to your soonest and positive response.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could all stop such phony email solicitations? Although I won't reply to "Igor," because it would probably just cause me to receive even more such emails, I wish I could send ole' Igor the following:
Greetings of the day to you, too. However, please be advised that your pathetic, phony email solicitation has erroneously been sent by you to a former U.S. federal prosecutor who once enjoyed prosecuting con artists for ripping off innocent victims, and that I am still sick and tired of people who attempt to prey on others over the internet.
Accordingly, please be advised that your fraudulent email solicitation has been forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with INTERPOL, and that, if and when you are caught, you will face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law! So, please do not send me any more emails and please consider trying to make an honest living, before you are arrested!