Date First Reported: August 2012

Primary Name Associated: Tom O'Gorman

Description of Potential Fraud:


A lawyer in New Zealand and three in the U.S. have received an email from the purported Tom O’Gorman of Power Technology Components Limited regards to a commercial 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:

On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 5:51 AM, – Tom O’Gorman wrote:
Name: Tom O’Gorman
Email: [email protected]

Subject: Loan Dispute

Dear Counselor,
My name is Tom O’Gorman and I am inquiring about the availability of your
firm in the litigation of a loan agreement that was not fulfilled as

Best Regards,
Tom O’Gorman

Replying to the email brought this response:

 Thank you for your response to my inquiry for legal services, i wish to inform you that i would need your firm’s legal help to assist me. I do appreciate your time in reviewing my request, because my aim is to find a lawyer that will bring discomfort to the party on the other side of the lawsuit, We believe the key is finding a successful lawyer that is known for getting deals done, one that is respected by many different people that have opposing positions.

The address of the borrower:
{Graybar Electric Company, Inc.}: 1760 Cesar Chavez San Francisco CA 94124, United States.

This Borrower is a company i have known for years now and have done business with in the past, without any issues. They requested a loan from my company, due to the past relationship we have had on business dealings. The amount loaned was $860,750.00USD with a 12 months interest rate amounting to the total of $932,191.83USD. They have made a partial payment of $633,691.83USD was made in full out of a total amount, the balance of $298,500.99USD is still outstanding till date, even though promises have been made that they would pay the balance.

In this email you will find attached payment copies, email correspondence, and agreement backing the loan for your prepared to pay a reasonable retainer fee for this service as soon as i gets to review the terms of your legal agreement, you can have it faxed or emailed to my attention .am also prepared for a formal lawsuit to be filed. If Graybar Electric Company, Inc. fails to comply. Note any documents revealed in this mail should be confidential if your services are not engaged

We would like you to tell us more about your services.

• Which of the court in the United States would be appropriate to file for law suits?
• What kind of background or experience do you have in this specific area?
• How many matters have you handled in the past years?
• We would also like to know if you will be handling the case yourself as most attorneys handled their cases to junior attorneys.
• We would like to know your fee structure in details first, as we don’t want any confusion in relating to payments.
• We would like know your means/advice of alternative dispute solution on the case?

I would be waiting to hear from you.

Best Regards,
Tom O’Gorman

General Manager.
Power Technology Components Limited.
Reg. No. AK / 565821
295 Lincoln Road,
Waitakere City,
Auckland,New Zealand.
(+64 9 889 2730)
(+64 9 353 1596)Fax

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