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Date First Reported: June 2013

Primary Name Associated: Caroline Ditlefsen

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Eight lawyers in Ontario and U.S. notified us that they received an email from the purported Caroline Ditlefsen of Knardrupveg and Malov Byvej with regards to a commercial debt collection 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: Caroline Ditlefsen
To:
Date: 20/06/2013 09:30 PM
Subject: Contract Negotiation

We were refer to your firm by American Bar Association. We are inquiring for an attorney to handle a breach of contract negotiation or a lawsuit.
Yours Sincerely,
Caroline Ditlefsen
Project manager
Knardrupvej and Måløv Byvej
2760 Måløv
Denmark
Phone: Reception: +4565745320
Fax: +45 6980 4387
www.origio.com

A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:

We would like to thank you for your response to our inquiry for legal services. However, We wish to inform you that we would be needing your firms legal help to assist us with a breach of contract matter and also retrieve funds owed to our company.

We ordered goods from GE HEALTHCARE, and was asked to make a 50% down payment for goods to be delivered to us and that we did and up till date no goods were delivered. We asked for a refund but they have refused to make the refund to us.

We seek legal help from your firm to help us collect these funds owed to our company as we do not wish to go any further with the said transaction. We have made several attempts in the past to collect these funds which all ended negatively. The amount in dispute is $1,915,020.

Please find below details of the owing company and let us know if you would require documents relating to this transaction.

GE HEALTHCARE
7802 Woodland Center Blvd
Tampa, FL 33614

If you have any questions contact me personally anytime by email or call.

Yours Sincerely,
Caroline M. Ditlefsen
Project manager
Knardrupvej and Måløv Byvej
2760 Måløv
Denmark
Phone: +4565745320
Fax: +45 6980 4387
www.origio.com

Ditlefsen CONTRACT OF SALES

Ditlefsen PAYMENT TO GE

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