Commercial debt collection scam by Jose Hermida of Alliance Machining Technologies (or Lindmark Machining Technologies)
Date First Reported: May 2015
Primary Name Associated: Jose Hermida
Description of Potential Fraud:
A lawyer in Ontario and one in New York have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Jose Hermida of Alliance Machining Technologies (or Lindmark Machining Technologies) 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: Alliance Machining Technologies Inc.
Sent: Fri, Dec 14, 2012 2:25 pm
Subject: Collection Matter(Please Reply Asap)
On behalf of Alliance Machining Technologies Inc., we request your legal services and possible representation on a Debt Recovery matter involving Alliance Machining Technologies Inc and a client in your jurisdiction.
Do let us know if you are currently accepting new clients. We look forward to a prompt response from you.
Thank you very much.
Alliance Machining Technologies Inc.
49 S Spokane St, Seattle, WA 98134
A lawyer who replied got this response which referenced a non-existent firm in Ontario:
From: Lindmark Technlogies Inc. [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:41 AM
Subject: RE: Collection Matter (Please Reply Asap)
Thank you for your swift response. In the actual fact the total contract sum is $2,000,000 but ” Hess Energy” only paid $400,000 but they have appointed a Lawyer representing them in this matter. Meanwhile please kindly contact their Lawyer on the below information.
McHugh law firm
Contact name: Michael Wilson
914 Queenston Road
Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1B7
Phone number: 1 905 616 0667
Please contact the lawyer representing our client/debtor ” Hess Energy” at the above information and keep me posted on outcome of your communication regarding the outstanding payment ($1,600,000). I look forward to hearing from you.
Lindmark Machining Technologies Inc.
49 S Spokane St, Seattle, WA 98134 – 2297
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