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Date First Reported: August 2011

Primary Name Associated: Christina Andreasson

Description of Potential Fraud:

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An Alberta lawyer was contacted by a Christina Andreasson of DVT & Trading Limited with regards to retaining his service to collect commercial debts. After replying, he was then contacted by a Patrick Edward Reed, purportedly of the same company. Based on the conversation (a transcript of which appears below) it looks like the lawyer would have been set up for a debt collection scam similar to others we have seen. See our Confirmed Fraud page for a full of names attached to this kind of fraud, and our Fraud Fact Sheet for information on how the fraud works.

Interestingly, Christina Andreasson is the same name that appears on a collaborative family law agreement scam we first saw in July, 2011. See this earlier AvoidAClaim post for details.

Here is a transcript of the conversation, along with supporting documents sent by the fraudsters.

From: Ms. Christi Andreasson [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent:Lawyer Name
Subject: Dear Sir

Dear Sir
From the management of DVT Trading Limited, we require your legal representation on collections for us to our customers in your regions. “We are interested in employing your services in our business activities in your region.
“We understand that a proper client representation agreement will provide the necessary authorization and we are most inclined to commence talks as soon as possible. “Your consideration of our request is highly anticipated and we look forward to your prompt response.”

Sincerely,
Ms. Christina Andreasson
DVT Tradin Ltd.
Suffolk Uk.
[email protected]

When the lawyer responded to the email, he was then contacted by a Patrick Edward Reed:

From: DVT TRADING LIMITED [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 1:37 AM
To: Lawyer Name
Subject: Dear Lawyer Name

Dear Lawyer Name,

I am Mr. Patrick Edward Reed Director, DVT & Trading Limited. Thanks for your email which my office received through the head of contracts and new ventures “Christina Andreasson”, I understood the contents thereof. We ( DVT & Trading Limited) are offering a request to your firm to be our representative in your region with special interests and emphasis in pursuing claims / debts owed to us by our associate clients/customers in your regions i.e in the North America. We intend to process these claims through a debt collection service, through pre-litigation or litigation process of collecting the debts owed to us. and fees for such claims be based on specified percentage of the claims in question or as you may otherwise prescribe.

Upon the above explanations, I will asked that you prepare a client agreement to be sent to me through email attachment, which will be endorsed by me and then returned to you for proper documentation. I hope the above is cleared and well understood. I will await the client’s agreement from you and then proceed on the matters. Note that all required invoices, terms of payment agreement e.t.c will be submitted to you on every collection services.

Mr. Patrick E. C. Reed

Director
DVT & Trading Limited
17 Bridge Street Halesworth
Suffolk IP19 8AB
Tel: 0044 702 403 2840
fax 0044 700 605 7343
Taichung Taiwan (outlet)
Tu Cheng Road District Ta Li
Taichung 412 Taiwan
Internet: underconstruction
Activities:. Third party agency/Commodity Brokerage/ sales and purchase representation. e.t.c (other activities: Oil Blocking Booms and Ropes e.t.c)

Mr. Reed,

Thank you for the response.
Per your instructions please find our agreement attached. If faxing please use my direct fax number below.
I have also attached a copy of our $2,000,000.00 of Errors and Omissions certificate of insurance (termed Professional Liability insurance in Canada). This is above and beyond regular government bonding.
Any files assigned should be faxed or scanned-emailed to our office. Scanned back up is preferable as the backup files are attached to the collector file for easy reference access.
If scanning back up documentation and the file is large please use our File Uploader:
Upon receipt you will receive confirmation via email confirming the account has been listed.
We will also provide you with a User ID and Password so you have 24/7 access to your files. This enables you to monitor the progress on your files and see the collector’s notes, etc. In addition you will be able to list files online. I have also attached a commercial listing sheet.
Any US accounts will be handled by our US office.
Any questions please let me know.

Thanks for your email. I have completed the agreement and sent through the send files link you sent to me. Please you are to let me know if you receive the files and if it was done properly. When I get this confirmation, we will proceed to making our first account placement for collection. I will also send the relevant invoice and sales agreement through same link.

I await your response.

Mr. Patrick E. C. Reed

Mr. Reed,

Everything looks good.
We look forward to working for DVT.

From the oral agreement earlier entered with the debtor, in case of any default in payment to us as agreed, the debtor will be responsible for any additional charges or fees it cost us to collect the debt owed. So, what we expect from the debtor is the total amount owed plus the charges it caused us to redeem the payment from the debtor whether through a litigation or pre-litigation processes (i.e invoice balance of $365,000 plus the service commission for the collection). Once you receive payment from the debtor, the calculations will be made and you will let us have the balance that the debtor may still owe us. (though there were pledges of trying to clear the debts.)

Sincerely

Mr. Patrick Reed.



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