This may be reassuring news for people who have corresponded with Levay – many of them have received a hoax e-mail message purporting to be a plea for help from the Leesburg lawyer.
Levay is the apparent victim of a scam where someone managed to send phony e-mails pleading for money to all of his e-mail contacts. In the e-mail, a desperate “Levay” describes having his money and passport stolen on a trip to the United Kingdom. The writer asks for a loan of 900 pounds.
It’s not clear how the scammer would collect on any such “loan.” But it’s obvious the plea is a typical “stranded family member” scheme described here by Snopes.
A staffer at Levay’s office confirmed he’s not in dire straits overseas but, she said, the office is getting an awful lot of concerned calls.
By Peter Vieth