Business debt collection scam using the name Howard Salter
Date First Reported: July 2013
Primary Name Associated: Howard Salter
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario lawyer has notified us that they received an email from the purported Howard Salter looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement.
This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and other names associated with it , and our Fraud Fact Sheet for a list the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial contact email send by the fraudster to the lawyer:
From: Howard M Salter
Date: 07/07/2013 01:42 AM
Subject: Dear Counsel
I am inquiring about the possibility of your firm representing me in the litigation of a breach of loan payment agreement. If this falls within the scope of your practice get back to me so that I can send the copies of our agreements and more information. Thank you.
Howard M Salter
Address: 12 Cheetham Hill Rd Manchester M4, UK
Ph: +44 (0) 704 576 6693
Fax: +44 (0) 872 331 6038
Email: [email protected]
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