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Date First Reported: August 2011

Primary Name Associated: Peter Jackson

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Two Ontario lawyers and one in Illinois have received emails from the purported Peter Jackson looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement with 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.

The name Peter Jackson or Jackson Peters has also appeared in other non-legal related, “Nigerian” type email scams.

Here is the email:

From: Peter Jackson [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: July 30, 2010 2:12 PM
Subject: LEGAL SERVICE INQUIRY

I am Peter Jackson. I am contacting this firm in regards to the
$750,000.00 (Seven Hundered and Fifty Thousand Dollars) I inherited
from my late father. The money is currently with one of the executors
to the estate of my late father who resides in your jurisdiction.
After my Father’s Will was opened and read, the executor advised me he
knows of a good investment to put the money into and in six months my
money would be ready plus interest, and he subsequently brought some
contract papers for me to sign. I was too heart broken mourning my Dad
at the time to ask too many questions and I went ahead to sign the
documents. I am hereby requesting your firm to assist in collecting
the money from him since he is un-willing to give me back the money
for no apparent reason.

Sincerely,

Peter Jackson.

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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