A lawyer in Nevada and one in Florida have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Thu Luong of S&P Manufacturing with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. The scam is similar to others you can view on our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
What is new in this case is that there appears to be a “referral” from a lawyer who is away and unable to act on the matter. This is likely an attempt to lend some extra legitimacy to the scam.
Here is the initial email:
From: “DANIELE FACCHINI ESQ.”
Date: Mon, Mar 11, 2013 10:26 AM
My friend is in need of legal representation on a litigation matter in your area.I am currently out of the country on a business trip and will not be returning anytime soon.As i am not in active service,i wish to refer him to your office.Please,do let me know if your office is currently accepting new clients,so i can forward his contact information.
Thank you very much.
Daniele Facchini, Esq.
624 De Sales St.
San Gabriel, CA 91775.
After responding, the lawyer received this email:
From: Thu Luong [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2013 8:49 PM
We have been referred to your office by Attorney Daniele Facchini, Esq. This is in regards to a claim that we intend to pursue in your State.
We are requesting for your legal assistance in a debt recovery and a possible litigation matter.This debt is as a result of an outstanding payment for goods supplied to AZTECH INDUSTRIAL BEARING & SUPPLY. 1406 S Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104, valued at $598,750.00.(Five Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand,Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars). The said outstanding payment was for goods delivered in good condition.An initial deposit of $200,000 was paid and the due date for the balance payment was set for the 20th of February, 2013 as stipulated in our supplier’s invoice.
Please,do carry out a conflict check on my debtor and also let me know about your fee rates.
We prefer to reach an informal resolution and still maintain a good relationship with our client and it is in our position to maintain this relationship after collection of the outstanding sum owed to us.Do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions.
I look forward to your prompt response.
S & P Manufacturing
3829 Timberline Drive
San Jose, CA 95121
Direct Tel: 408-508-7849
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