Business debt collection scam by Jessica Jackson
Date First Reported: February 2012
Primary Name Associated: Jessica Jackson
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario lawyer notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Jessica Jackson looking to retain them with regards to collecting on a business loan. This is similar in wording to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business load frauds.
Here is an example of the email:
From: Jessica Jackson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2011 12:50 PM
To: Grant, Robert (Heenan Blaikie)
Subject: Dear Counsel
Please affirm interest if your firm is in a position to litigate the issue of a $380,000 breach of loan agreement repayment in Vancouver.
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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