A lawyer in the Northwest Territories and two in the US have received emails from the purported Gavin Pykerman with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. This is similar to other commercial debt collection scams we have seen that use a real company, and even real employee names pulled from the company website, but with fake contact information.
From: Gavin Pykerman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 5:04 AM
I need a commercial litigation lawyer to handle a collection matter, I will also need a referral if this is not your line of practice. Thank you as I look forward to your response soonest
The lawyer replied and got this response:
Thanks for your reply. I am Gavin Pykerman, soliciting your representation on behalf of Claremore Mechanical Services Ltd. We got your contact from the lawyer referral service and as such we need your counsel in litigation to collect a debt owed in the amount of $700.000.00USD by a delinquent seller in your region. Kindly let me know the best time to reach you. We prefer to established Our presence in your state via a legal representative, Thereby forcing the seller to comply with payment request as effort made for refund has proven to be abortive.
Find Below the location of the delinquent seller for you to run a conflict check Please send your retainer agreement for my review thereafter.
Central Mechanical Systems Ltd
345 Old Airport Rd,
We ordered Machinery Equipments worth $1,400,000.00, of which 50 percent of the funds was demanded before delivery. Payment to the seller was made in September of 2011 and calculation shows that delivery is above three Months late, The regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 90 days.
I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice and wire transfer slip once your retainer agreement is signed.
I look forward to your prompt response and your retainer agreement. Thank you
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