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The ‘sue my wife’s brother’ scam

It seems that yet another alleged scam targeting attorneys is going around — one perpetrated by an  non-existing person named Andy Liu and asking for help collecting a $555,000 debt (or a similarly large one).

Now, I know full well that there is a certain amount of liability that comes with dropping names if I am, in fact, libeling a real person. However, I feel pretty safe about mentioning the apparently fictitious Mr. Liu as the same scam has been reported by at least two other sources. You can find scam reports similar to the one I’m putting together by clicking here and here.

The exact text of the email I received is as follows:

Good day,


My name is Mr. Andy Liu. I am requesting your assistance in the litigation of a $555,000 debt owed to me by my late wife’s brother, Mr. David Smith. I need a lawyer that will help me enforce the agreement we had, and force him to pay back what he owes me.


Hope to hear from you soon.



Andy Liu


Fishy, right? I do believe I am safe in calling this one a big, fat scam.

Meanwhile, this blog has not been updated for months. That is changing, so stay tuned.

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4 thoughts on “The ‘sue my wife’s brother’ scam

  1. Gary Lippow

    I’m an attorney in Milwaukee, WI, and I just received the identically-worded scam – same phone number and email. I found your blog when I Googled the text of the scam to see if it has appeared anywhere else.

    1. Ethan Post author

      This scam seems to be common and all over the place. I just love these things — why would someone pick a random attorney in Benton, Ark., to do a bill of sale for a very expensive piece of equipment? That just makes no sense.

  2. Curious George

    We got a similar letter, different name, slightly different story, same phone number. What is the point of the scam? What do they hope to get out of it?

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