Business debt collection scam by Martin Victor
Date First Reported: February 2012
Primary Name Associated: Martin Victor
Description of Potential Fraud:
Several lawyers in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Martin Victor looking to retain them with regards to collecting on a business debt. This is similar in wording 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: Martin Victor
Date: 08/02/2012 12:27 PM
Subject: I need your assistance
I am Martin Victor of South London Steel (UK), I need your legal assistance to collect a debt owed my company by a USA based organization. Where collection efforts fail, we resort to litigation.
One lawyer received the following cheque and cover letter:
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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