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Date First Reported: February 2013

Primary Name Associated: Marshal Garisson

Description of Potential Fraud:

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A lawyer in Alberta has notified us that they have received an email from the purported Marhshal Garrison of Coma Holdings 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.

The name is very similar to another, older scam involving “Marsha Garisson

Here is the initial email:

From: marsha Garrison [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 4:36 PM
Subject: Request For Legal assistance

Name: Marshal Garrison
Company Name: Coma Holdings Inc
Company Address: Hhyunduk B / D, 690-20, Sindaebang-Dong,Seoul,South Korea
Phone:+82-10-50904123
Fax:+82-2-60085402
Email: [email protected]

Dear Counsel,

This is an official request for legal representation on behalf of Coma Holdings Inc. We are a textile company with principal business in garment manufacturing and trading.

We are presently incapacitated due to international legal boundaries to exert pressure on our delinquent customers and we request for your services accordingly. We got your contact information from the Online Lawyers Directory as a result of our search for a reliable firm or individual to provide legal services as requested.

After a careful review of your profile as well as your qualification and experience, we are of the opinion that you are capable and qualified to provide the legal services as requested.

On behalf of Coma Holdings Inc, Please accept my sincerest appreciation in advance for your willingness to render your services as we look forward to your prompt response to our request.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Marshal Garrison

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

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