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Date First Reported: April 2013

Primary Name Associated: Al Fournier

Description of Potential Fraud:

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A New York lawyer has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Al Fournier (or Micheal Jones) of Bjordal IndustrierAS 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.

Bjordal IndustrierAS has also appeared in another fraud email.

Here is the initial email:

From: Al Fournier [mailto:fournieral5@vf.vc]
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2013 8:01 AM
To:
Subject: RE: Legal Services

We want your firm representing our company. Find below our debtor information for a conflict check, Once the check has been completed I will like you to advise on the next step which your firm would like to take in regard to representing our company.

Empire Steel & Metals Corp
120 W 45th Street # 7, New York NY

I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Al Fournier
Executive Manager
Bjordal IndustrierAS
Phone: +478-522-8383
Fax: +478-52-28-735
Bjørdal Industries
Torvmyrane 21, Hovdebygda
6150 Ørsta, Norway
http://www.bjordal-industrier.com/no/

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