Anatomy Of A Toner Scam

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  1. Al says:

    My wife always says I should never honk my horn because you never know who's driving or what kind of mood they're in.

  2. DMG says:

    We just had a warning go out about these guys…exact same scenario. They've been calling random departments here trying to get info.

  3. tim says:

    I am surprised they sent an invoice. Typically the toner scam plays itself out as someone calling asking for the secretary or administrative assistant and demanding payment. Most secretary/admins have purchase cards that can they can charge smaller amounts to (<$1000) and many pay up thinking the company forgot to pay a bill. The toner scam goes back at least a decade.

  4. Does your office not have an "Esq." in the title? Is it not immediately obvious that you're a lawyer just by looking at your business listing? Or does Mark Mushkin have giant brass ones clanking between his legs?

  5. D says:

    do it, do it, do it!!!!

  6. LabRat says:

    FINISH HIM. /Mortal Kombat

  7. Stingray says:

    I think the phrase "internet legend" would come into play if/when you listen to the wise and lovely LabRat above me and FINISH HIM!

  8. Ken says:

    We'll see.

    I was actually thinking of feeding him to 4chan.

  9. Mike says:

    Do that AFTER you sue his ass.

  10. LabRat says:

    I think feeding him to 4chan falls under "finish him". The legal system would be willing to let it go, if /b takes an interest they never, ever will.

  11. Old Geezer says:

    "Edit: I had some down time, so I just called and left a message asking to speak to Mark Mushkin." He did return call didn't he?

  12. SPQR says:

    Well, I would say "do it" but you'll end up with a worthless judgment. I'd say keep on the DA and the postal inspectors just in the odd chance that you hit one of them willing to do their job.

  13. David says:

    @Professor Coldheart

    I've seen his business card and letterhead. He uses neither "Esq." nor "Attorney". Instead, they just say

    Ken Lastname. Fear me.

  14. Imaginary Lawyer says:

    What LabRat said.

    Is this the kind of thing 4chan really cares about though?

  15. Chris Berez says:

    Do it, Ken. Do it. This tool completely deserves to be destroyed. In fact I say you should go ahead and throw everything against this guy AND feed him to 4Chan. I got a call at work from one of these scumbags once– might have even been the same scumbag, who knows?


  16. John says:

    If the toad has been scamming people, it might indeed be worth going after his cash and other assets. Granted, it's dirty money, but isn't it all?

  17. Petey says:

    4chan is not your personal army.

  18. Ken says:

    Of course not. I would merely be a tipster.

  19. Petey says:

    It would probably come back at you, anyway, no matter how anonymous you try to be. Using 4chan is like convincing a werewolf to get rid of your haunted lawn gnomes. Sure, the gnomes are gone, but now you've got a werewolf sniffing for your scent on the breeze. And that wolf is wearing hooker boots and armed with a blunderbuss.

  20. Ken says:

    That's exactly why I'd bring in the zombie gorillas. To get rid of the werewolf. What could go wrong.
    [Then I think the zombie gorillas die of the cold or something.]

  21. Imaginary Lawyer says:

    Petey's description of the werewolf is vaguely intriguing.

  22. SPQR says:

    I was good with Petey until the last sentence …

  23. Roger Baker says:

    Might this not be a little "fall project" for the new Associate?

  24. Fred Z says:

    Whatever makes you think Mushkin is his real name?

  25. Marc Mushkin says:

    Hi. My name is actually Marc (with a "c") Mushkin. I lived for 30 years in Orange County, including several years in Newport Beach. I now live in Florida. Anyway … I have absolutely no idea who the "Mark Mushkin" is that you are looking for, or even if he, or she, actually exists and is simply using a variation on my name, but it's scary to think people out there are looking for someone with my name (or something so close) in a place where I used to live. Please let me know if you ever get any satisfaction. I'd love to see whoever is doing this arrested or otherwise stopped. You can imagine how frustrating it is having a relatively unusual name and finding out there is a criminal out there (coincidentally – or deliberately? – located where I lived for so long) using my name.
    Good luck with it. Wish I could help.
    Marc Mushkin

  26. Marc Mushkin says:

    Oh, and by the way, I moved from Irvine to Florida back in February of 2008, well before when this joker registered his or her so-called company with the local authorities. That makes me think he may even have known I left the county after three decades living there, meaning I wouldn't be around to clean up the mess.

  27. Ruth says:

    Marc, I can understand, try it when your last name is Smith (which it technically isn't any more, but that doesn't always mean much legally). I used my middle name on EVERYTHING, and they still manged to misfile paperwork, pull up wrong records…..