Business loan collection scam using the name Bertram Hubert
Date First Reported: October 2014
Primary Name Associated: Bertram Hubert
Description of Potential Fraud:
[Updated Nov 2014]
14 lawyers in Ontario and the US have notified us that they received an email from the purported Bertram Hubert looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement.
This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and other names associated with it , and our Fraud Fact Sheet for a list the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial contact email sent:
I am seriously in need of your legal assistance i lent a family
friend money and has refused to pay back ,i checked your profile and
find your firm capable of assisting me in my legal issue.
Mr Bertram Hubert
Reply to the email brought this response:
How are you doing toady. I am very sorry for the delay it was due to my failing health.i tried calling your office but it was not connecting.
Please when will be the best time to call because i reside in Japan but i am currently in the united kingdom for medical treatment.
He resides in Newmarket, ON.
I lent him $470 000 00 and has paid back $168 000 00 the balance is $302
Please i want to know how much its going to cost me .(your legal cost)
My number is :+447031997495
I really need the assistance of your firm now to enable me settle my bills most especially my medical bill.Attached is the agreement.
Thanks for your assistance,
Mr Bertram Hubert
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