By one estimate, Americans lost $7.4 billion in 2015 to telemarketing scams. For years, scam artists — often operating from other countries —have asked people to pay them by wire transfer, reloadable money packs, or remotely-created checks or payment orders. Scammers prefer these methods because they are like cash—they are difficult to trace, and once sent, the money is usually gone for good.
When I was practicing law part of my work included representing a number of cities and townships. One day a man called and asked if I was the City Attorney for a certain city. I told him that I was. He then began to tell me about a problem that he had with a car that he had recently purchased. After a few moments I asked why he was calling me as the City Attorney to discuss this private issue. He said that he lived in that city and paid taxes, therefore I had to represent him. He was somewhat upset when I told him that that is not what city attorneys do.