Debt collection scam by Hillary Higgins Green
Date First Reported: November 2011
Primary Name Associated: Hillary Higgins Green
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers and one from the U.S. have notified us that they’ve received emails from the purported Hillary Higgins Green looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business load frauds.
Here is an example of the email:
From: hillary higgins [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: October-15-11 2:54 AM
To: lawyer name
Subject: PLEASE I NEED YOU TO ASSIST ME
Please I am in need of a lawyer in Canada [or America] that will help me get back my money, and I know you will be able to do it for me. And you will take your charges. I borrowed money to my in-law and has paid me only 20percent of the money and has refused to pay me the balance so I want legal action to be taken, because I have lost all I have in the present crisis in Japan. you can contact me on this email address:
Mrs. Hillary Higgins Green
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected]
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