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Date First Reported: May 2013

Primary Name Associated: Franca Accoroni

Description of Potential Fraud:

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A lawyer in Ontario and five in the U.S. have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Franca Accoroni of Elettronica Laser 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: Franca Accoroni [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: April 24, 2013 1:31 AM
To:
Subject: Legal Rep


We are Italian company and require your assistant in collection matter,
please let us know if you can handle the case we shall forward you the
detail so you can run a conflict check.
Yours Sincerely,

Franca Accoroni: Resp. Contatto
Elettronica Laser s.n.c.
Via Sacripanti 36/38 60131 Ancona
Tel. 071-2866075
http://www.elettronicalaser.com/home.php
Email: [email protected]

A lawyer who replied got this response:

Thanks for the update below is the default customer information, please run a conflict check and advise us on your retainer fee also send us your retainer agreement. The outstanding debt is $650,000.00USD

Adverse Party

Aus-Tex Electric
1525 Willburforce Street
Houston, TX 77091-2077

Franca Accoroni: Resp.
Marima Srl
Via Costituzione 66 42042 Fabbrico (RE)
Tel.0522-652823
http://www.marimasrl.it/

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