Lawyers in New York and Ontario have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Harry Solskjaer 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.
Here is the initial email:
From: Harry Solskjaer
Date: 16/03/2013 01:20 PM
Subject: We are seeking for a lawyer to assist in a collection case
We are seeking for a lawyer to assist in a collection case, which requires immediate attention. If this is within our line of practice please contact us promptly because we will like to speak with you. I will also need a referral if this case is not within your line of practice.
A lawyer who replied got this response:
Thank you for responding to our request, in regards to 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.
Metal Sales Company
500 W 170th Street Front 3, New York NY
I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
Executive Board of Director
Torvmyrane 21, Hovdebygda
6150 Ørsta, Norway
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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