Date First Reported: March 2013

Primary Name Associated: John Joseph

Description of Potential Fraud:


A lawyer in Florida has notified us that they have received an email from the purported John Joseph of Action Bonding & Insurance 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.

The name of the company is the same as that used in an earlier fraud attempt.

Here is the initial email:

From: John Joseph [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2013 5:56 AM
Subject: Request For Your Legal Service


This is a request for your services in respect of a dispute between our client and a shipper in your state.

We provide surety bond services for construction projects from bidding through completion and would be very glad to retain your services in resolving our claim.

We appreciate your consideration to review our request as we await your prompt response.

Yours sincerely,

Treat as urgent.

John Joseph
(Company Representative)
Action Bonding & Insurance Services, Inc.
4081 E. La Palma Avenue, #B
Anaheim, CA 92807

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

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