Date First Reported: July 2012

Primary Name Associated: Gordon Campbell

Description of Potential Fraud:


Three lawyers in Ontario have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Gordon Campbell looking to retain them with regards to collecting on business debts. 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.

This is another scam that uses the name of a famous person (as previously done with Michael Moore or Paul McCartney) to attempt to bury any fraud-related Google results among the results related to the real person.

Here is an example of the email:

From: GORDON CAMPBELL [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 10:18 PM

Dear Counsel, I write to humbly request your legal representation in a delayed debt payment. I provided a friend of mine Mr Doug Watson a business loan in the amount of $365,000. Which he needed to complete an on-going project he was handling in 2010. Mr Watson is well based in your jurisdiction and the loan was for 12 months with interest rate of 7.85%. The capital and interest were due to be paid on February 4th, 2011 but Mr Watson has only paid $50,000. Please let me know if this falls within the scope of your practice so I can provide you with the relevant document and any further information you may need to know.Thanks,
Gordon Campbell

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]

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

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