Date First Reported: October 2012

Primary Name Associated: Carl Avin

Description of Potential Fraud:


Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Carl Avin with regards to a debt litigation scam. 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 the initial email:

From: “Gregory Robert”
To: “lawyer email
Date: 10/11/2012 05:46 AM
Subject: Legal Consultation/Advise!

Dear Counsel,

I wish to humbly request your legal expertise in a pending debt recovery of a client. I need proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue. However, do let us know if you are currently accepting new clients, to enable me furnish you with necessary modalities to pursue this debt recovery.

Waiting for your swift response.

Carl Avin

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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