Business debt collection scam by Aleksander Gudbrand
Date First Reported: February 2013
Primary Name Associated: Aleksander Gudbrand
Description of Potential Fraud:
Four lawyers have told us they’ve received an email from the purported Aleksander Gudbrand 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:
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2013 23:30:30 -1200
From: Aleksander Gudbrand
Reply-To: [email protected]
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;
We are seeking for a lawyer to assist in a collection case which requires immediate attention. If this is within your line of practice please contact us promptly because we will like to speak with you. I will also need a referral if this case is not within your line of practice.
A lawyer who replied got this response:
Thank you for responding to our request, in regards to your firm representing our company. Find below our debtor information for a conflict check, Once the check has been completed I will like you to advise on the next step which your firm would like to take in regards to representing our company.
RAJ Metals Dubai, Industrial fasteners,
Industrial fasteners Supplier
301, Noor Hassan Building, Near Bori
Masjid, Naif, Diera Dubai.
I hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.
Executive Board of Director
Telefon:+47 800 10 738
Fax: +47 85 22 83 65
Email: [email protected]
Bjørdal Industrier AS
Torvmyrane 21, Hovdebygda
6150 Ørsta, Norge
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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February 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm, Michael McNulty said:
I am an attorney in Nashville, TN, and I received the exact same email today. I knew it was a scam immediately by I am glad you posted this.
February 15, 2013 at 4:26 pm, RA Thomas Willers said:
I am an attorney in Munich, Germany and I recieved the same email. He wanted me to recieve a cheque of 5.2 million USDollar and to transfer the money by bank transfer.
February 21, 2013 at 7:18 am, RA Alexander Goldberg said:
We are attorneys in Wuppertal/ Germany and received the same text via email and fax today. This is a scam.
February 26, 2013 at 5:18 am, Hein Kernkamp said:
Received the e-mail too!
Started googling the name as I didn’t think the case was genuine.
Thanks for posting the scam!
February 28, 2013 at 5:56 pm, Kathleen Boll said:
We are in Houston. Received the same email and he even went so far as to call me at my office today.
Thank you for posting.
March 04, 2013 at 12:12 pm, Richard Whittemore said:
Got not only the email but a telephone call from the “President” Whenever anyone says they have no issue with your fees before you even quote them, fraud is in the air
April 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm, George said:
Received same recently, name of contact person changed to Al Fournier, Executive Manager.
April 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm, Robert Bowcock said:
They found their way to Claremont, California…they use real local companies and names too. It is an amazingly sophisticated operation. Beware.