Date First Reported: December 2011

Primary Name Associated: Bryan Swayne

Description of Potential Fraud:


Lawyers in Nebraska and South Carolina have been received emails from the purported Bryan Swayne with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. “Carrington Career & Workwear” is a company name we’ve seen attached to other frauds attached to the names Steven Bessant, Bailey Chander, and Jerry Steven. 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 an example of the message:

From: Bryan Swayne [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 7:31 AM
To: lawyer name
Subject: Re: law suit!

Hello Thomas,

Good day to you. let me give you a brief of the transaction so that you can run a conflict check.

My company happened to have place an order for Machinery Equipments worth $900,000.00 from Hughes Machinery Company 2504 South 156th Circle Omaha, NE 68130 and they demanded we pay 50 percent of the funds ($450,000.00USD) before delivering our products. Payment to the seller was made in November of 2010 and our calculation shows that delivery is about five Months late, for the regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 120 days.

It will be very helpful if we receive your retainer agreement for review. This will enable our board decide on the conditions of the retainer in our next board meeting. Also once we have reviewed your agreement I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice, Wire transfer document. This will enable your firm start working on this case.

Thank you so much as i look forward to hear from you.

Bryan Swayne,
Managing Director
Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd
Market Street, Adlington Nr Chorley
Lancashire, PR7 4HJ, United Kingdom.
Tel:+44 702 401 2556

Fax:+44 700 607 6776

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