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E-mail scam snags local lawyers

Tampa Bay Business Journal – by Jane Meinhardt Staff Writer
Peggy Higashi is one wily character.

That’s the name of the supposed prospective client in thousands of e-mails being sent to lawyers, including some in the Tampa Bay area, soliciting help in getting a large divorce settlement from her “ex-husband,” Landscott Higashi, while she is “on assignment” in South Korea.

Basically, lawyers who agree to represent her are supposed to get quick fees deducted from purported settlement checks and send Peggy Higashi the remaining several hundred thousands of dollars.

It is a ruse, one of the latest variations on Nigerian scams, and it has worked locally.

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October 9, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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