I notice today that someone has googled 'lucy reeds barrister' and has hit upon this blog. In the last couple of weeks I've been alerted of at least 2 emails purporting to come from me or someone with my name, one suggesting I run the canadian lottery and one suggesting I am a nigerian banker or handling the estate of someone from nigeria. It may surprise some of you to know that I am none of these things, but not as much as it surprised me to be asked whether or not I really did run the Canadian lottery and whether or not the recipient of the email should send money!
These are SCAMS. They are nothing to do with me. I have heard of them before, and they often use the name of a barrister or a set of chambers (or some slightly mis-spelt version of it, so here I am 'Lucy ReedS'), presumably to give the veneer of respectability. Frankly, no-one who can run a basic google search ought to be fooled by any of this, but apparently it works. I know of barristers and chambers who have received both phone calls and cheques (sent back obviously).
The one cheering feature in all of this is that at least SOMEBODY out there believes that barristers are respectable and that their word can be trusted....Even if they are only scam merchants or the extremely gullible...