A lawyer in Ontario and one in Arizona have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Berlin Miller with regards to a debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the initial email:
From: Berlin Miller [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:46 AM
Subject: Re: Legal Representation.
I am in need of your legal assistance regarding a breach of loan agreement I provided a friend of mine in the amount of $550,000. He needed this loan to complete an ongoing project he was handling in March 2010.
He now resides in your jurisdiction and the loan was for 24 months with interest accrued at the rate of
8.5%. The capital and interest were supposed to be paid on March, 2012 but he has only paid $50,000.
Please let me know if this falls within the scope of your practice, so that I can provide you with the loan
documents and any further information you need to know.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.
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