Late last year I invested heavily in what is now apparently a "Boiler Room" run by Foley Asset Management. After trying to find any way to get my money back I came across a law firm "Herfurtner Rechtsanwälte". The lawyer handling my case was Wolfgang Herfurtner. I found nothing about him apart from repeating web images and profiles.

They said that they could resolve a scam in an overseas wealth management company but is was just another attempt at additional financial extortion. The company changed its name to Kanzlei Herfurtner and they asked for additional fees. They used the same tactics as the original fraudsters and then ignored all of my calls and emails.

After doing more research, I found that the company had posted fake reviews from their Google account (each review had only one review). Everything was red flags. After calling local authorities, I found out that they are not registered in any of the German legal bars to which they claim membership. This made me visit their branches which only hosted other small companies. None knew of their existence!

After many phone calls and emails I had no luck. I was contacted by email a short while after by LAWMUC Rechtsanwälte saying that they are still looking into the case and need 8,500 EUR to continue. This is strange since I have never dealt with this company. I asking a friend about this and he found that the same website was hosted on the same server with the same old wordpress template.

Can anyone suggest how I can reclaim my funds in this law firm as they are closer to home than Foley Asset Management? Has anyone dealt with a fraudulent law firm? Any feedback will be kindly appreciated! Thank you for your time.

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    The money you've given away already is unfortunately gone. It's highly unlikely you'll ever identify the culprits, let alone get it back. It's pretty clear these lawyers are also scamming you and depending on how you originally "found" them, they may, in fact, be the same scammers as before, pretending to "help" you get "them." Stop throwing good money after bad. – Steve-O May 12 at 14:45
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    Have you tried contacting the police? – SZCZERZO KŁY May 13 at 8:58
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    Can't post an answer due to 10 rep requirement. This is odd. I can guarantee you that "Herfurtner Rechtsanwälte" is a real law firm specializing in investment fraud. They have a Handelsregister entry, they are on Xing, they have a complete website inlcuding several adresses and landline phone numbers. Herfurtner himself posted several articles about investment fraud on anwalt.de and is listed in the Amtliches Anwaltsverzeichnis. It makes zero sense that you found nothing about him, this is definitely a legitimate lawyer and there are tons of information about him online. cont.. – Dulkan Jun 10 at 11:59
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    Also they haven't renamed, only the website has the address kanzlei-herfurtner, the firm is still Herfurtner Rechtsanwälte. LAWMUC also seems legit to me, at least both lawyers on their website are listed in the Amtliches Anwaltsverzeichnis with the address shown on their website. So either, you ran into people who impersonate legitimate lawyers to get money from you, in which case you should contact the police and the real lawyers, who will probably help you pro bono or you are not telling us something. – Dulkan Jun 10 at 11:59

Can anyone suggest how I can reclaim my funds in this Law firm as they are closer to home then Foley Asset Management.

That is an assumption you are making. They could be anywhere, as scammers have your details, they could have directed to fake law firm that seems near you...

Practically the money is gone and may never come back...

You can register a complaint with local law enforcement.

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