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Here is another one:

1. Fake client (fraudster impersonating real person);

2. Fake cause of action against a fake defendant (breach of fake contract eg.);

3. Real (but stolen) cheque or fake cheque but drawing on real account with real funds; and

4. Fake client wants to deposit 'real' cheque or series of cheques for settlement funds into lawyer trust account.  Fake client will eventually ask for a payout but will not be in a rush because cheque is 'real' and will clear.

Because the cheque is real it will likely be confirmed by the bank from which it is issued; it just does not belong to fake client or fake defendant.  If a lawyer unwittingly puts the cheque into trust and then pays out to fake client then lawyer will be exposed to to the possibility that the real holder of the funds will come calling wondering what lawyer has been doing with them.