Business debt collection scam by Derick Abrams
Date First Reported: April 2013
Primary Name Associated: Derick Abrams
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Derick Abrams 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 initial email:
Subject: Legal matter
From: Derick Abrams <[email protected]>
This is a request for your legal consultation services, I would like your advice regarding possible representation on a litigation case concerning breach of contract/loan matters.I believe that the matter is within your jurisdiction which is why I’m requesting your legal advice. After a careful review of your firms profile as well as your qualification and experience, we are of the opinion that your are qualified to provide the legal services as requested.
Do let me know your position in reviewing this matter, so I may provide any additional information. I look forward to your prompt response.
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April 24, 2013 at 1:36 pm, Gerald W. O'Brien QC said:
Received this request
Requested details and received a so called loan agreement
Once we saw this agreement concluded it was a scam
Too many inconsistencies
Declined to act