Employment-related personal injury settlement scam by Sullivan Terry
Date First Reported: June 2011
Primary Name Associated: Terry Sullivan
Description of Potential Fraud:
In the last week three Ontario lawyers reported to LAWPRO that they received the message reproduced below from someone purporting to be Sullivan Terry.
This is the first time we have seen the name Terry Sullivan used on this fraud (one message used Sullivan L. Terry); although we have seen essentially the same scam and message in the past by Karen Clark, Michael Park and Gary Triestman.
Here is a copy of the message received, as well as the cheque and covering letter sent by the “employer” to one lawyer who had had some correspondence with this fraudster.
Subject: Dear Counsel
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:47:12 +0300
From: Sullivan L.Terry
I am seeking legal representation from your law firm regarding a breach of Settlement agreement with my former employer due to the injury I sustained while working for them. I need proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue. If this is your area of practice, please contact me to provide you with further Information.
If you have been targeted by this fraud, please forward any of the emails you have received to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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