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ISBA member warns of elaborate new scam

Thursday, September 29, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Fritz
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Sioux City attorney, Dan Dykstra, sent an email message to the bar office last week asking that information concerning a different type of scam be sent to members as a warning.


Dykstra was contacted by a procurement agent from a company in the Netherlands about the sale of a piece of equipment. Since he does some work for companies in the Netherlands, he wasn’t surprised at the contact. However, the red flags came up when a check arrived as the deposit with a request that he immediately wire monies elsewhere. 


He called the real agent in the Netherlands and the named buyer, which was an Iowa company. Both denied the transaction.


Fortunately, Dykstra and his firm did not get caught or damaged even though the fake broker used a real business brokerage company in California and a real name.

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