Commercial debt collection scam by Jessica Johnston of BP Global
Date First Reported: December 2012
Primary Name Associated: Jessica Johnston
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Jessica Johnston of BP Global 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: BP Global Oil [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: November-24-12 3:08 AM
Subject: RE:Legal Representation
We the management of BP Global | BP Oil company mainly in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG),United Kingdom require your legal representation for our delinquent customers.
We got your contact through your Bar Association and after going through your profile, we are of the convinced that you are qualified to provide the legal services we require.
We are of the opinion that the ability to consolidate payments from your country will eradicate delays due to inter-continental monetary transaction between the united Kingdom and your country.
We understand that a proper attorney client retainer (Agreement) will provide the necessary authorization and we are most inclined to commence talks as soon as possible.
Your consideration of our request is highly anticipated.
Human Resources Generalist
Copyright (c) 2012 BP Global | BP OilAll Rights Reserved
Cc:Escot Mollah Esmahill
BP Global Oil
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