Commercial debt collection scam by Ethan Christopher
Date First Reported: August 2011
Primary Name Associated: Ethan Christopher
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two lawyers in Ontario have received an email from Ethan Christopher indicating that he needs a lawyer to handle a commercial collection matter. This is similar to other commercial debt collection scams we have seen. The full list of names attached to this fraud can be found on our Confirmed Fraud page. For more details of how the fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the email:
From: “Ethan Christopher” [email protected]
Date: August 6, 2011 6:16:31 PM EDT
Subject: New mail
My company is currently looking for a Law Firm that can assist us with the issue of an overdue Loan of $396,000 that I had provided to a former business partner of mine Richard Liam. If you or your firm can handle this matter, get back to me at your earliest convenience so that I can provide detailed information and related documents on this issue. Kindly forward your response email to this address ; [email protected]
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