Business loan fraud by Paul Agius
Date First Reported: August 2012
Primary Name Associated: Paul Agius
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Richard Frazier looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business 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 loan frauds.
Here is the email:
From: Paul Agius [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: August 1, 2012 3:52 PM
Subject: Legal Assistance
Am searching for a lawyer to handle my breach of contract matter. Please kindly get back to me so that i can procide you with more details of the Matter or you can get back to me with a referral if any.
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How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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