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Understanding Escrow Service Scams: Protecting Your Rights

An escrow service is typically implemented in an auction or sales transaction to protect the buyer. The purchaser buys an item, usually for a large amount of money, and he or she pays the escrow service the amount owed. The seller then ships the item to the buyer, and the buyer as a certain period of time to ensure the item is correct and as described. If the buyer accepts the item, the escrow service releases the money to the seller. If the buyer does not accept the item, he or she must first return it to the seller. When the seller confirms that the item is in the same condition and not manipulated in any way, the escrow service refunds the buyer’s money.

Escrow Service Scams: A Real Threat

Although escrow services are an important, legitimate function and are used in many transactions without problems or complications, escrow scams are a very real possibility. If you are involved in an escrow scam, you could face significant, severe penalties as it is considered a criminal offense. If you or someone you love is facing charges, you need an escrow fraud lawyer on your side to fight for your rights. For more information about our legal services or to schedule a consultation, please contact the legal team at Spodek Law Group, PC today.

Understanding Escrow Service Scams

The scam typically involves the development of a fake escrow service. In this scheme, the buyer believes he or she is protected from loss and thus remits payment to the escrow service. However, the fraudulent service keeps the money they receive, and the buyer never receives the item that he or she purchased.

In some instances, people use the escrow service scam as a phishing operation. The seller tells the buyer that financial information is necessary in order to make payment for the item. Once the fraudulent service receives the buyer’s bank account number, credit card details and other financial information, it may use the information to withdraw funds without the buyer’s authorization or sell the information on the black market.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
RajRaj
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
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17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
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16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
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Penalties for Fake Escrow Services

In New York state court, a conviction of operating a fake escrow service may result in criminal larceny charges. The penalties for larceny will depend on the value of items allegedly taken from the victim. Under article 190 of the New York penal code, criminal penalties are imposed for a number of frauds, including identity theft, criminal use of access devices, schemes to defraud, false advertising and criminal impersonation.

If someone is charged in the state of New York for escrow fraud, he or she may be convicted of a felony offense, complete with a lengthy incarceration sentence. However, if an escrow scam involves the theft of a large sum of money or identity theft, state criminal charges may not be as severe as federal charges. Operating an escrow service scam can trigger federal charges for fraud involving identifying documents as well as mail and wire fraud. Mail and wire fraud alone can each result in a maximum prison sentence of up to 30 years in a federal facility.

Get Legal Help Today

Do Not Handle Your Case Alone: Contact a New York Escrow Service Fraud Lawyer Today. Although some people may wish to represent themselves against accusations of escrow fraud, the law can be complex regarding these situations. For this reason, it is important that you do not act alone. Spodek Law Group, PC provides representation to defendants accused of escrow service fraud, shell auction fraud and other types of fraud schemes. Our team will fight for your rights and strive to protect your interests, regardless of whether we negotiate a plea deal or defend you in court. For more information about our legal services or to speak to someone regarding your escrow fraud case, please contact a New York fraud defense lawyer at Spodek Law Group, PC today

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