Business loan collection scam by Randal Christensen [updated June 2012]
Date First Reported: October 2011
Primary Name Associated: Randal Christensen
Description of Potential Fraud:
A dozen Ontario lawyers lawyers have notified us that they’ve received emails from the purported Christensen Randalg looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business load frauds.
Here is an example of the email:
From: Randal G.Christensen. [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 1:30 PM
To: Lawyer name
Subject: Re: Possible Legal Representation.
I am seeking legal representation from your law firm regarding a breach of Loan agreement I had with my borrower. I need proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue. If this is your area of practice, please contact me to provide you with further Information.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected]
If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.
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