Date First Reported: May 2013

Primary Name Associated: Camiolo Roberto

Description of Potential Fraud:


A dozen U.S. lawyers have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Camiolo Roberto of A.S. Elettronica with regards to a commercial debt collection 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: Camiolo Roberto [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 1:54 PM
Subject: [BULK] Legal Representative
Importance: Low

We are Italian company and require your assistant in collection matter, please let us know if you can handle the case we shall forward you the detail so you can run a conflict check.

Our email sever is current down please reply to my personal email: [email protected]

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Camiolo Roberto
A.S. Elettronica s.n.c.
Via Linfano 18/F, 38062 Arco Italy
Tel. 0464-510103
Email;[email protected]

A lawyer who replied got this response and fake supporting documentation:

Thanks for your quick respond, the adverse company is a customer of ours and there is unpaid invoice which is attached below despite they have promise to make the payment since last month but we want to retain you as our attorney for the transaction in case they fail to make the payment by the end of this month before you can send them a demand letter on our behalf. I await your retainer agreement along with the information below to pay your fee.

Contact Name;
Check Payable to;

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Camiolo Roberto
A.S. Elettronica s.n.c.
Via Linfano 18/F, 38062 Arco Italy
Tel. 0464-510103
Email;[email protected]

Roberto INVOICE -


Roberto Purchase Contract

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