Thursday, October 6, 2016

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I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. I will send you details about the potential buyer for your conflict check when you are ready to move forward. Contact me at ..... Nathandyer@ijmcorp.com Regards, Nathan Dyer

47 comments:

  1. I am an attorney in Georgia, and received an almost identical email in late September saying:

    We currently have a buyer within your area and we need you as an Attorney to help us draft purchase and sales agreement for our firm (Tulip Oil) Please let me know if you can handle this but if not, a referral will be greatly appreciated.

    Imad Mohsen
    Chief operations Officer and
    CEO of Tulip Oil Netherlands B.V.
    Alexanderstraat 18
    2514 JM The Hague
    The Netherlands


    A follow-up email from the scammer said:

    Thanks for your response and I am looking forward working with you.We have been in talks with a buyer in your state about the sale of an oil rig, we have made some progress in price agreement. We need an attorney that would draft a purchase and sales agreement for this transaction at this moment. Please find our buyer's information below for your conflict check.

    Calhoun Pump Sales Inc
    439 Pinhook Road Se
    Fairmount, GA 30139

    I also attached details of the oil rig equipment for your review and I would like to know your rate and your retainer fee. Please send to me your engagement letter if our buyer clears your conflict check

    Imad Mohsen
    Chief operations Officer
    Tulip Oil Netherlands B.V.
    Alexanderstraat 18
    2514 JM The Hague
    The Netherlands
    Direct Line: +31208086961

    When I responded saying that none of the purchase funds would be handled through my escrow account, I didn't receive any further emails. Also, I contacted "Calhoun Pump Sales," and they confirmed that this was a scam. ATTORNEY BEWARE

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  2. Hello Counsel, I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. I will send you details about the potential buyer for your conflict check when you are ready to move forward. Kindly get back to me on my E-mail: phillipdyer@ijmcorp.com Regards, Phillip Wilshire

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  3. I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction.

    EMAIL

    Thomasdyer@ijmcorp.com

    NAME

    Thomas Dyer

    STATE

    NY

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  4. We received a very similar email from "Thomas Dyer" of "IGM construction" last week asking for help with a PS for an oil rig sale in "our jurisdiction." Thank you to the other posters who called this scam out.

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  5. Find attached details of the equipment and below the company name for your conflict check:
    Clifford Well Drilling
    65 Blue Rock Road
    South Yarmouth, MA 02664
    Send me your retainer agreement based on your hourly rate so we can start proceeding with this transaction. If you wish to discuss further let me know so we can schedule for a telephone conference. I await your prompt response.
    Regards,
    Thomas Dyer
    IJM Construction
    512-650-2584
    USA Address:202 Canyon Rim Dr Barton Creek, Austin, TX 78746

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  6. Original inquiry from "Thomas Dyer" of "IJM Corp." sometimes called "IJM Construction":

    I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction.

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  7. I am an attorney in Texas, and received a virtually identical message from a "Michael Dyer" of "IJM Construction", followed by this one:

    Hi XXXXXX,

    Find attached the company name for your conflict check:

    POLLOCK WATER WELL DRILLING & SERVICE
    2910 HWY 67 NORTH
    GLEN ROSE, TX 76043

    Send me your retainer agreement based on your hourly rate so we can start proceeding with this transaction. If you wish to discuss further let me know so we can schedule for a telephone conference. I await your prompt response.

    Regards,

    Michael Dyer
    IJM Construction
    USA Address:202 Canyon Rim Dr Barton Creek, Austin, TX 78746
    Tel:+1-512-650-2584

    The same idiot signed another email as "Michael Spencer".

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  8. I received a similar one. When I looked up the company, even though they have a website, it definitely seemed fishy. And then I found this exchange on Avvo about other lawyers in various states hearing from the same people. What I am trying to figure out though is - what is the scam? In other words, what are they trying to get from us? In a follow up email the guy said that the buyer would be providing that sales document and that he wanted us to review it. So I really don't understand what the scam is, what they are trying to achieve. Anyone know? I have heard of scams involving lawyers as targets, but those are where these is a purported legal dispute or a collection matter, and the lawyer will be getting a contingency fee and the fraudster tricks the lawyer into sending them money. I have a call in to my Avvo rep right now to report this and see if she has any additional information.

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    1. The way the scam plays out is that the "client" will have someone pretend to be the buyer in a P&S; the buyer then wires a fraudulent check to the client's attorney for the proceeds of the bogus sale, to be held in the lawyer's IOLTA. The lawyer is then told by the "client" to deduct his attorney fee's from the wired check, and then send the remaining funds out to the client. Usually the fraudulent check is a certified check that looks totally legit and which the bank initially (emphasis on "initially")clears, but later recalls. Most states allow banks to recall funds from a check that later bounces for up to a certain out of time (where I am, it's 30 days from the date the check is cashed). So by the time the bank realizes the error and recalls the funds, your "client" and the buyer are nowhere to be found and you are left to cover the massive hit.

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  9. I did a little more digging and I think this article explains how the scam works: http://blog.texasbar.com/2015/02/articles/news/new-scam-targeting-attorneys/

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  10. I got one too from Thomas Dyer. FYI.

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  11. We got one from Michael Spencer

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  12. Just got the same email. Thank you for this thread, guys! You saved me a lot of wasted time and possibly money.

    "I want to inquire if you handle purchase agreements. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state and they agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. Please reply directly to my email (david@enviroequipsalesandrentals.com) if you are interested. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. Regards, David Spencer"

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  13. Our firm experienced the same scam (identical emails) from "Michael Spencer"

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  14. From:
    "Michael Jones"
    Date: Sun, Feb 19, 2017 7:20 pm
    To:
    I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice.

    I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction.

    I will send you details about the potential buyer for your conflict check when you are ready to move forward. I await your prompt response

    Regards,

    Michael Jones

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  15. Ditto, still floating around out there:

    From: Michael Jones [mailto:wb333606@gmail.com]
    Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:20 PM
    Subject: purchase agreements

    I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice.

    I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction.


    I will send you details about the potential buyer for your conflict check when you are ready to move forward. I await your prompt response


    Regards,

    Michael Jones

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  16. Just got the same one, reading:

    "I want to inquire if you handle purchase agreements. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state and they agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. Please reply directly to my email (william@sunrayglobalservicessarl.com) if you are interested. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. Regards, William Smith"

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  17. I have received three of these in the past month. One purportedly from Michael Lee, one from Michael Jones and one from William Smith.

    1.) Hello Counsel, I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. I will send you details about the potential buyer for your conflict check when you are ready to move forward. My private email is Michaellee@jdrillingcompany.com Regards, Michael Lee

    2.) On 2/23/17 I receive the following:

    I want to inquire if you handle purchase agreements. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state and they agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. Please reply directly to my email (william@sunrayglobalservicessarl.com) if you are interested. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. Regards, William Smith


    Then, on 3/4/17 I received the following:

    I want to inquire if you handle purchase agreements. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state and they agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. Send your response to my email directly. michaeljones@sunrayglobalservice.com Regards, Michael Jones

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  18. MC - Dallas attorney.
    I have received two separate emails very similar:

    "I am in the process of purchasing construction equipment in your State and I require an escrow agent, Advise if you can provide escrow service for this purchase. .Let me know if this is within your service capacity and I would send to you a copy of the purchase invoice and escrow instruction for your review. Your quick response will be appreciated. David Feeney Daf Inc 120 Grove St Dover, NH 03820 had4f@mail.com"

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    1. We just received a very similar submission to our firm website. Must be a scam!

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    2. We've received similar emails from Mr. Feeny. Scam!

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    3. Just received the same email also from "David Feeney" via our firm website. Email is different, and IP address tracks to St. Louis, Missouri. Reads:

      Subject: ESCROW SERVICES

      Message: I am in the process of purchasing construction equipment in your State and I require an escrow agent, Advise if you can provide escrow service for this purchase.
      Let me know if this is within your service capacity and I would send to you a copy of the purchase invoice and escrow instruction for your review.
      Your quick response will be appreciated.

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    4. Received today. This is absolutely a scam.

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    5. I recently received one from Feeney as well. I live and practice in FL. How did you guys realize this was a 'scam'?

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  19. I received the below email this morning:

    Dear Counsel

    We currently have a buyer within your area and we need you as an Attorney to help us draft purchase and sales agreement for our firm (Woltman Piling & Drilling Rigs) Please let me know if you can handle this but if not, a referral will be greatly appreciated.

    Erik Hommelberg
    Senior Sales Manager
    Woltman Piling & Drilling Rigs
    Everdenberg 17, 4902 TT, Oosterhout,
    The Netherlands

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    1. I received the identical email this morning.

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  20. To: Wendy D. Calvert
    From: frank
    I want to inquire if you handle purchase agreements. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state and they agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. Send your response to my email directly. frank.edward@sunrayglobalservicess.com Regards, Frank Edward

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  21. I got one from an ALL SEA GROUP S.A with a fishy email address for an oil rig P&S. Pretty obvious scam.

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  22. from: Mick Liney
    reply-to: mickliney4@gmail.com
    date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM
    subject: Can you draft a purchase and Sales agreement at the moment

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    Dear Counsel ,

    We are a Europe based Marine Construction firm and we need an attorney
    to assist us in drafting a purchase and Sales agreement with a buyer
    in your area. Are you able to take this matter? If not, a referral
    will be appreciated. Thank you

    Regards,
    Mick Liney CEO
    ML (UK) ltd
    7 Kettering Terrace, Mile End,
    Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 7QH
    http://www.mluk.co.uk

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  23. There is a new version of this going around. Look carefully at the e-mail address. The true e-mail does NOT have a dash between "woltman" and "rigs". This is the giveaway. BEWARE

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  24. I received the same email and went so far as to receive a 395k cashiers check which is currently sitting in my bank account. It cleared within 24 hours. They asked me to send 260k of that money to another "inspection" company based in Malaysia. I declined to do so without further paper work. The check is from a Robert Wilson, City bank. (Robertpacificbrokers@dr.com) Here is part of our exchange:

    frank.edward@sunrayglobalservicess.com

    Dear

    Find attached the company name for your conflict check:

    Flatt's Electric LLC‎.
    1526 90th St, Monmouth, IL 61462

    Send me your retainer agreement based on your hourly rate so we can start
    proceeding with this transaction. If you wish to discuss further let me
    know so we can schedule for a telephone conference. I await your prompt
    response.

    Regards,

    Phillip Norman
    Sunray Global Services
    USA Office: One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana St,suite 2905 Houston, TX 77002
    Tel: + 512-354-7627


    To: Daliah Saper
    From: EdwardFrank
    I want to inquire if you handle purchase agreements. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state and they agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. Send your response to my email directly.edwardfrank6547@gmail.com Regards, Edward Frank

    Find attached the company name for your conflict check:

    Kickapoo Drilling Company LLC
    405 W Main St, Downs, IL 61736

    Send me your retainer agreement based on your hourly rate so we can start
    proceeding with this transaction. If you wish to discuss further let me
    know so we can schedule for a telephone conference. I await your prompt
    response.

    Regards,

    Frank Edward
    Sunray Global Services
    USA Office: One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana St,suite 2905 Houston, TX 77002
    Tel: + 512-354-7627

    Find attached the signed retainer agreement. I will be available for a telephone conference tomorrow morning between 9 AM-2:30 PM central time if that works for you. I have discussed with the broker for the buyer that before moving forward I will need an official Letter of intent and offer from the buyer which should be sent directly to my attorney, I will explain further about this when we speak. Let me know what time works for you so I can mark it on my calender.

    Regards,

    Frank Edward

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  25. I received the same email and went so far as to receive a 395k cashiers check which is currently sitting in my bank account. It cleared within 24 hours. They asked me to send 260k of that money to another "inspection" company based in Malaysia. I declined to do so without further paper work. The check is from a Robert Wilson, City bank. (Robertpacificbrokers@dr.com) Here is part of our exchange:

    frank.edward@sunrayglobalservicess.com

    Dear

    Find attached the company name for your conflict check:

    Flatt's Electric LLC‎.
    1526 90th St, Monmouth, IL 61462

    Send me your retainer agreement based on your hourly rate so we can start
    proceeding with this transaction. If you wish to discuss further let me
    know so we can schedule for a telephone conference. I await your prompt
    response.

    Regards,

    Phillip Norman
    Sunray Global Services
    USA Office: One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana St,suite 2905 Houston, TX 77002
    Tel: + 512-354-7627


    To:
    From: EdwardFrank
    I want to inquire if you handle purchase agreements. I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state and they agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice. Send your response to my email directly.edwardfrank6547@gmail.com Regards, Edward Frank

    Find attached the company name for your conflict check:

    Kickapoo Drilling Company LLC
    405 W Main St, Downs, IL 61736

    Send me your retainer agreement based on your hourly rate so we can start
    proceeding with this transaction. If you wish to discuss further let me
    know so we can schedule for a telephone conference. I await your prompt
    response.

    Regards,

    Frank Edward
    Sunray Global Services
    USA Office: One Shell Plaza, 910 Louisiana St,suite 2905 Houston, TX 77002
    Tel: + 512-354-7627

    Find attached the signed retainer agreement. I will be available for a telephone conference tomorrow morning between 9 AM-2:30 PM central time if that works for you. I have discussed with the broker for the buyer that before moving forward I will need an official Letter of intent and offer from the buyer which should be sent directly to my attorney, I will explain further about this when we speak. Let me know what time works for you so I can mark it on my calender.

    Regards,

    Frank Edward

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  26. Here is the inspection company they wanted me to wire funds to:

    Find attached the requested wire instruction for the inspection fees. Have a great day.

    Thanks,

    Michael Baker
    Operations Manager
    ADC ASIA PACIFIC
    SUITE 26.1, LEVEL 26, MENARA IMC,
    8 JALAN SULTAN ISMAIL 50250 KUALA LUMPUR,
    MALAYSIA

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  27. Hello Counsel,





    I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase agreements. A referral will be helpful if this is not your area of practice.



    I received a similar solicitation on March 22, 2017 from an alleged Jame Norman:

    I am in the process of selling a drilling rig to a company in your state. They agreed for us to employ a lawyer that will draw out a purchase contract which will protect my interest in this transaction.








    I will send you details about the potential buyer for your conflict check when you are ready to move forward. My private email is jamenorman@sunrayglobalservices.com








    Regards,





    Jame Norman

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  28. Similar email "via Avvo" received here. Smelled like a scam when the sender sent an engagement agreement filled out in the individual name of the sender instead of the company the sender purported to work for. Should have googled the request before I wasted all the time.

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  29. In addition to the Oil Rig scam, we have received inquiries to assist with the purchase and sale of a private jet, dredger and just yesterday a caterpillar. The emails are becoming more sophisticated - they used information from a legitimate sales advertisement regarding the Jet, with one digit off on the tail number; they opened scam gmail accounts for the company's owner.

    They provide a contract - if you google the name of the companies they are legitimate, but if you call them directly they will tell you they are being scammed. The caterpillar sales company listed on the contract, WG Construction out of Virginia posted a scam alert on their website to alert the public.

    Emails are coming through our website and also going directly to our legal assistants addressing them by name. (Even when their first names are not part of the email address.) Beware!

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  30. ATTORNEY NEEDED IN DRAFTING A PURCHASE AND SALES AGREEMENT



    Hello xxxxxxxxx,

    We are an Europe based Oil field Construction firm contractors in need of an attorney to assist us in drafting a Purchase and Sales agreement. We have a buyer in your area who is interested in a purchase.

    Are you able to take this matter? If not, a referral will be appreciated

    Regards,

    Henk-Jan Kolthof
    Contractor (International Trade)
    CAPE Holland
    Romhof 5
    9411 SB Beilen
    The Netherlands

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  31. Received this through Avvo on 8-15-17:

    Hello Attorney,
    Is drafting contract your area of practice? I have a buyer for my drilling rig who is located in your state. I need to retain a lawyer that will draft a purchase agreement before they can proceed with the purchase. I look forward to your kind response.
    My private email is andrew@spcdrilling.com
    Best Regards,
    Andrew Jones

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  32. Here's the note I got--thank you all!
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    Here is the information of the buyer for your conflict check:

    WGL Energy Systems
    6862 Elm St # 300, McLean, VA 22101

    I presume for this kind of case I will prefer to be charged on an hourly basis. Send me your retainer agreement when you get a chance, I will schedule for a telephone conference to discuss more about this transaction after reviewing your engagment letter. If you wish to discuss before moving forward let me know. I will be available for a conference call on Monday afternoon. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,

    Nolan Spencer.
    CFO
    SPC Drilling Company
    USA Office: 801 Cherry St, Ste 2502, Fort Worth, TX 76102,
    Tel: 817-363-4190

    On Aug 21, 2017, at 8:27 AM, Nolan Spencer wrote:
    Hello,

    I got your email from the online bar directory.

    I need you to help me draft a purchase agreement. I have a buyer for my drilling rig who is located in your state, they need me to retain a lawyer that will draft a purchase agreement that will bind with the laws of your state before we can move forward with the purchase. If you do not specialize in this area, kindly send me a referral.

    Many Thanks,
    Nolan Spencer.

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  33. Thank you all! Here's the email chain I got.
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    Here is the information of the buyer for your conflict check:

    WGL Energy Systems
    6862 Elm St # 300, McLean, VA 22101

    I presume for this kind of case I will prefer to be charged on an hourly basis. Send me your retainer agreement when you get a chance, I will schedule for a telephone conference to discuss more about this transaction after reviewing your engagment letter. If you wish to discuss before moving forward let me know. I will be available for a conference call on Monday afternoon. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,

    Nolan Spencer.
    CFO
    SPC Drilling Company
    USA Office: 801 Cherry St, Ste 2502, Fort Worth, TX 76102,
    Tel: 817-363-4190
    ------
    On Aug 21, 2017, at 8:27 AM, Nolan Spencer wrote:
    Hello,

    I got your email from the online bar directory.

    I need you to help me draft a purchase agreement. I have a buyer for my drilling rig who is located in your state, they need me to retain a lawyer that will draft a purchase agreement that will bind with the laws of your state before we can move forward with the purchase. If you do not specialize in this area, kindly send me a referral.

    Many Thanks,
    Nolan Spencer.

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  34. Name
    David Feeney
    Email
    df68@usa.com

    Phone
    (603) 873-0099
    Please give us an idea what this is about.
    • Business Law
    How can we be of assistance?
    I am in the process of purchasing construction equipment in your State and I require an escrow agent, Advise if you can provide escrow service for this purchase.
    Let me know if this is within your service capacity and I would send to you a copy of the purchase invoice and escrow instruction for your review.
    Your quick response will be appreciated.

    David Feeney
    Daf Inc.
    120 Grove St,
    Dover, NH 03820

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  35. Received 26 Aug., from "Jason Grant" at "SPC Drilling" and tied to the spcdrilling.com domain. Oddly, that's owned by Vistaprint.

    Hello Attorney,

    Please, do you draft contract? I have a buyer for my drilling rig who is located in your state. I need to retain a lawyer that will draft a purchase agreement before they can proceed with the purchase. I look forward to your kind response.

    Best Regards,

    Jason Grant


    Contact Information
    Name: Jason Grant Contact Pref: Not Specified
    Address: US

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  36. I am a Wyoming attorney. I received an e-mail chain, nearly identical to T Goody's post, on August 22, 2017.

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  37. I'm a lawyer in Dallas and I think we have the same one - it's for the sale of some kind of farm equipment - real company. I'm going to call the company and see...they signed our retainer agreement and want to wire us the money, and we should deduct our fees and send it on.

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  38. It helps when they use a gmail account.

    Here is the information of the buyer for your conflict check:

    Ellora Energy LLC
    4410 Arapahoe Ave # 100, Boulder, CO 80303

    I presume for this kind of case i will prefer to be charged on an hourly basis. Send me your retainer agreement when you are done with the conflict check,i will schedule for a telephone conference upon review of the retainer agreement to discuss more about this transaction. I hope to hear from you soon.

    ----------------
    I need you to help me draft a purchase agreement. I have a buyer for my drilling rig who is located in your state, they need me to retain a lawyer that will draft a purchase agreement that will bind with the laws of your state before we can move forward with the purchase. If you do not specialize in this area, kindly send me a referral.

    Many Thanks,
    Sean Walters
    CFO
    SPC Drilling Company
    USA Office: 801 Cherry St, Ste 2502, Fort Worth, TX 76102,
    Tel: 817-363-4190

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  39. The scam continues. I received a nearly-identical message today (Nord Stream Offshore), and last week, someone called my office & left a VM asking for the same thing. Message:

    Is drafting contract your area of practice? I have a buyer for my drilling rig who is located in your state. They need me to retain a lawyer that will draft a purchase agreement before they can proceed with the purchase. I look forward to your kind response.

    My private email is Thomas@nordstreamoffshore.com

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