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Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Christine Gilbert

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Several Ontario lawyers have advised us of a commercial debt collection fraud by Christine Gilbert. For a full list of similar frauds see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For a description of how this type of scam works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.

Here is the message as well as a copy of the loan agreement provided by the fraudster;

From: Christine Gilbert [email protected]
Sent: July 27, 2011 5:17 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: BREACH

Hello Counsel,
Please get back to me if your firm is in a position to litigate the issue of a $380,000 breach of loan agreement repayment.

Regards
Christine Gilbert
DURHAM, England
DH1 4HF
(19) 137 – 4752
Email Address: [email protected]

Gilbert Loan Agreement

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