Personal injury settlement scam by Eva Harvey
Date First Reported: April 2013
Primary Name Associated: Eva Harvey
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario lawyer notified us that she was contacted by the purported Eva Harvey with regards to a personal injury settlement scam. This is a new scenario involving a dog attack, but the essense of the fraud is similar to other settlement scams we’ve seen, such as employee injury or unfair dismissals. The aim is still to have the lawyer cash a counterfeit settlement cheque and wire funds from the trust account. For a full description of how those frauds work see our Confirmed Fraud Page.
Here is the email:
From: “Eva Harvey”
Date: 9 April, 2013 10:38:49 AM EDT
Subject: LEGAL SERVICE NEEDED
Reply-To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I am writing you from California requesting your assistance to take you/your firm to represent me on my recent case . I was attacked by a Dog recently and a settlement has been agreed to be paid to me for the huge damage. I intend to relocate after the settlement has been made out to your firm on my behalf. Please contact me as soon as possible so I can give you more details.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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