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Alex Levay is not stranded in Manchester, England

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

2 comments

  1. Now if the scammer had said he was stranded at some ski resort under similar circumstances, I would have fallen for it…

  2. Oh good now I can finally get some rest. I have been so concerned for the welfare of Mr. Levay as he is one of the nicest laywers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. How do I get my refund for my wired 900 pounds?