Commercial debt collection scam by Hans Peterson of Fast Cash Unsecured Loans
Date First Reported: May 2012
Primary Name Associated: Hans Peterson
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have received emails from the purported Hans Peterson of Fast Cash Unsecured Loans with regards to a commercial 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: Fast Cash Ltd [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: May 16, 2012 2:57 AM
We are interested in retaining your service in a case of breach of contract against one of our borrowers in your jurisdiction. If you are available to handle this case please let me know and I would provide you with the party’s name for a conflict check. we are willing to proceed with this case without delay.
Fast Cash Unsecured Loans
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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