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Commercial debt collection scam by Steven Bessant, Jerry Steven or Bailey Chandler of Carrington Career & Workwear [Updated August 2011]

July 28, 2011 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

Lawyers in Ontario and the US have received emails from Steven Bessant, Jerry Steven or Bailey Chandler of Carrington Career & Workwear (apparently a real company) indicating that they needs a lawyer to handle a commercial collection matter.

This is similar to other commercial debt collection scams we have seen that use a real company, and even real employee names pulled from the company website, but with fake contact information.

The full list of names attached to this type offraud can be found on our Confirmed Fraud page. For more details of how the fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.

Here is the email:

From: Steven Bessant bstev14@gmail.com
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:44 AM
Subject: Law Suit

I need a commercial litigation lawyer to handle a collection matter, I
will also need a referral if this is not your line of practice. Thank
you as I look forward to your response soon.

Sincerely,
Steven Bessant.

A lawyer who responded received the following reply, which includes details of a real UK company (though the contact info is a gmail account):

From: Steven Bessant bstev114@gmail.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 3:55 PM
To: Lawyer Name
Subject: Re: Law Suit

Hello Melissa,

Good day to you.Let me give you a brief of the transaction so that you can run a conflict check.

I represent Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd, United Kingdom,.My company happened to have place an order for Machinery Equipments worth $1,800,000.00 from Samco Machinery Limited 315 Nantucket Boulevard, Toronto, ON M1P 2P2, Canada and they demanded we pay 50 percent of the funds ($900,000.00USD)before delivering our products. Payment to the seller was made in August of 2010 and our calculation shows that delivery is about five Months late, for the regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 120 days.

It will be very helpful if we receive your retainer agreement for review. This will enable our board decide on the conditions of the retainer in our next board meeting. Also once we have reviewed your agreement I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice, Wire transfer document. This will enable your firm start working on this case.

Thank you so much as i look forward to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Steven Bessant,
Managing Director
Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd
Market Street, Adlington Nr Chorley
Lancashire, PR7 4HJ, United Kingdom.
Tel:+44 770 007 5009
Fax:+44 704 307 9169
www.carrington.uk.com

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 fraudinfo@lawpro.ca.

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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4 Responses to “Commercial debt collection scam by Steven Bessant, Jerry Steven or Bailey Chandler of Carrington Career & Workwear [Updated August 2011]”


  1. Kristin F says:

    Oh my gosh! Thank you so MUCH for this info! I got this exact email and I was suspicious but saw that it was a legit company so I wasn’t sure! SO glad this info was out there to alert me!

  2. Kevin B. says:

    I received a similar email and response email the other day. However, the name is Bailey Chandler with Waist Recycling Group. Big flag was that they misspelled “waste.” Thanks for the info.

  3. Ron F says:

    He also uses the name Steven at a textile company in London. He even put the name of the debtor (it was a track home in Katy)

    Hello Ron,

    I am Steven Graham, soliciting your representation on behalf of Steven’s and Co Textiles Limited. We got your contact from the lawyer referral service and as such we need your counsel in litigation to collect a debt owed in the amount of $700.000.00USD by a delinquent seller in your region.Kindly let me know the best time to reach you.We prefer to established Our presence in your state via a legal representative, Thereby forcing the seller to comply with payment request as effort made for refund has proven to be abortive.

    Find Below the location of the delinquent seller for you to run a conflict check Please send your retainer agreement for my review thereafter.

    Bendar Machining LLC
    6607 Harvest Trail Lane
    Katy, TX 77449-8559

    We ordered Machinery Equipments worth $1,400,000.00, of which 50 percent of the funds was demanded before delivery. Payment to the seller was made in September of 2011 and calculation shows that delivery is above three Months late, The regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 90 days.

    I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice and wire transfer slip once your retainer agreement is signed.

    I look forward to your prompt response and your retainer agreement.Thank you

    Steven Graham.
    Managing Director
    Steven’s and Co Textiles Limited
    Houghton Street
    London, WC2A 2AE
    United Kingdom.
    Tel :+44 (0) 770 007 5009
    Fax:+44 (0) 704 307 9169
    steven@stevenstextiles.co.cc
    enquiries@stevenstextiles.co.cc

  4. Christopher Keller says:

    I received the email from a Jerry Steven also asking for a referral if this was not my line of work.



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