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New job claim scam targets Virginia lawyers

The Virginia State Bar is asking all lawyers to be wary of a scam in which a potential client claiming wrongful termination requests legal assistance with an employee severance agreement from Cardinal Health.

What appears to be a typical employment law case turns into the classic counterfeit check scheme, the bar said. Soon after the client appears, the lawyer receives a cashier’s check to deposit. The check later turns out to be fake.

The scammers have been falsely claiming to be former employees of Cardinal Health, the VSB said. Cardinal Health asked the VSB to warn lawyers of what has become a nationwide scam targeting smaller law firms.