Commercial debt collection scam by Anton Affentranger of Implenia AG
Date First Reported: March 2013
Primary Name Associated: Anton Affentranger
Description of Potential Fraud:
Lawyers in Texas and Arizona have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Anton Affentranger of Implenia AG 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: Anton Affentranger [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2013 4:19 AM
Subject: contract dispute
From: Anton Affentranger
Subject: contract dispute
I need a breach of contract lawyer to assist me with a legal matter.
A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:
Thanks for your response, we provided a business associate of ours Jacobs Engineering Group an unsecured business loan in the amount of $7,950,000.00(USD) The loan was needed to boost investment in one of their companies. The loan was for 12 months with interest rate of 4%. JEC have defaulted on the last instalment of the loan in the amount of $676,941.74(USD) which was supposed to be paid on 1/12/2011. Kindly let me know if this is a matter you could consider handling on our behalf, we will provide you with all the necessary information and answer any other questions you might have.
Chief Executive officer
Telefonnummer: +41 335 349218begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +41 335 349218FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Faxnummer: +41 325605010begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +41 325605010FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting
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