Over to the side is a check. I removed the last name, since it is the last name of a real person, one who is famous, and who had absolutely nothing to do with the scam. I will also point out that the scammers misspelled that famous name.
Below is another fake check. It was supposedly written by a real company in Searcy, Arkansas. I am not going to disclose the name of the company they were spoofing, because once again it is clear that the company had nothing to do with the scam.
This check is an obvious fake. Note that the name of the Canadian province of Nouvelle Écosse is misspelled on the check.
Of course, what they wanted me to do was deposit this fake check and then send them their money. Instead I did this:
Dear Mr. O~:
I received a bogus check from [name of company] in the mail. It must have come Saturday, because there's no mail today due to a federal holiday.
Not only did they try to defraud you, they didn't even try too hard. The check is written on "The Bank of Nova Scotia/La Banque de Nouvell [sic]- Ecosse [sic]. Of course, the Bank of Nova Scotia labels itself as "La Banque Scotia" in French and certainly doesn't misspell the French name of the province in which it is found. (Nouvelle-Écosse). Besides, I'm very suspicious that the check was mailed from Canada even though they put the Arkansas return address on the envelope.
I am afraid you have been the victim of a scam. I know this comes as a surprise to you. You are obviously a decent and honorable businessman and you are used to the same from the people with whom you deal. In the course of my practice of law, from time to time I come across scumbags like this. It is a sad reality of life that we have to deal with low-lives who would resort to fraud and trickery to try to steal money or weasel out of debt.
Matt Streelman wants me to notify him as soon as this check is received. He can forget it. He's not my client. You are.
They are trying to buy you off with an alleged $650,000 payment, which will surely bounce because the check is fake, and a promise that the other $550,000 will be forthcoming.
I don't know what you would like to do, so I will await instructions. But I am personally insulted by this attempt to delay collection. They obviously don't know whom they are dealing with.
If you could get the retainer to me as quickly as possible, and let me go after these clowns, I'd like to make them pay for this indiscretion. As always, however, the decision of how to go forward is yours.
Attorney at Law
RUNNE LAQUELLE & HYDE
For some reason, I never heard from him.