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Barrister, esquire, lawyer and attorney scams a variety of different types of scam emails where the scammer is claiming to be acting as legal council on authority of some organization or another person's behalf and making claims of large sums of money are due and that their either want to send you this money or for you to help them receive this money on their behalf. The financial compensation they will discuss can be for a variety of different fictional reasons. Often is has to do with unclaimed funds, unpaid contract funds, or the recovery of some funds that are lodged with a bank or other financial institution.
In all cases though these scams involve a type of fraudulent criminal practice known as “Advance Fee Fraud”, a.k.a. “419 Scams”. If you are not yet familiar with these two terms then the following article on Wikipedia can help you to understand more about how most of these types of scams operate: Wikipedia Link