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Date First Reported: September 2011

Primary Name Associated: Ana Cristina Anastacio

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Two Ontario lawyers have received emails from the purported Ana Cristina Anastacio looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. The wording 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 one of the emails:

From: Ana Cristina Anastácio
To: Lawyer Name
Sent: Tue Sep 06 10:52:06 2011
Subject:


Hello,
Please get back to me if your firm is in a position to litigate the issue of breach of loan agreement.

Regards
Ana Cristina Anastácio
+852 28682272
Flat 10, 12/F, Acacia Building
150 Kennedy Road
WAN CHAI
HONG KONG
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

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]

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