Commercial debt collection scam by Alvin Berdon
Date First Reported: March 2013
Primary Name Associated: Alvin Berdon
Description of Potential Fraud:
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Alvin Berdon with 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:
From: Alvin Berdon [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: March-12-13 8:38 AM
Subject: Urgent Case
We are seeking for a lawyer to assist in a collection case that requires
immediate attention. If this is within your line of practice please contact me
ASAP ([email protected]) because i will like to speak with you. I
will also appreciate a referral if this is not within your line of practice.
P.S. Do not respond via this email address. Contact us directly on
([email protected]) via his email address.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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