SC law firm loses $390,000 in bogus check scam

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The Secret Service says a South Carolina law firm lost $390,000 in a counterfeit check scam.

Authorities told The Post and Courier of Charleston the scammers called the law firm and requested an attorney to help collect on a debt, offering to pay a retainer.

Investigator say before any work was done, the scammer called back and said the threat of legal action settled the matter, then sent the law firm two checks, one for the retainer and the second the supposed "settlement."

Authorities say the scammer asked the law firm to send the settlement to an overseas bank account. After the money was wired, the check was found to be bogus.

The Secret Service did not identify the Charleston firm, or a second firm that figured out the scam before being taken.

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