Commercial debt collection scam by Reidar Martinus of Bjordal IndustrierAS
Date First Reported: March 2013
Primary Name Associated: Reidar Martinus
Description of Potential Fraud:
Six lawyers in the U.S. have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Reidar Martinus 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: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 5:25 AM
We are seeking for a lawyer to assist in a collection case, which requires immediate attention. If this is within
your 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.
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thank you for responding to our request, in regard 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.
Benco Steel Inc
2710 Us Highway 70 SE, Hickory NC
I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
Telefon:+47 800 10 738
Fax: +47 85 22 83 65
Bjørdal Industrier AS
Torvmyrane 21, Hovdebygda
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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