A new scam has surfaced with a bogus promise of money from a fake judgment with the forged signature of real Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti. The scam claims that for a commitment deposit of just under $2,000, the victim can collect close to $8,000.
This scam is just the latest in a long list of attempts to invoke the name of the court or judges to either entice or scare unsuspecting victims into turning over their hard-earned money. Many of the victims targeted by these scammers are seniors on a fixed income and who just want to stay on the right side of the law.
The scammers are hard to catch and prosecute. Potential victims should thoroughly examine and verify any paperwork or e-mails that ask for money. The court doesn’t require or ask for commitment deposits for judgments. Other telltale signs that the latest scam was bogus include that the judge’s name was misspelled, a sloppy forgery, and the faked-up Clark County District Court judgment had a United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals seal. Not all forgeries are so sloppy though, many fakes look as good as authentic documents.
“I urge people when they get correspondence or phone calls asking for money for anything, proceed with caution,” said District Court Judge Jennifer P. Togliatti. “The court doesn’t require commitment deposits for judgments and never solicits money on the telephone. Residents who receive suspicious letters, e-mails or calls asking for money, should report them to law enforcement.”