Date First Reported: May 2013

Primary Name Associated: Lawson Roberts

Description of Potential Fraud:


[Updated July 2014]

An Ontario lawyer notified us that he received an email from the purported Lawson Roberts 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: Lawson Roberts
Date: Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:32 AM
Subject: Legal Advice

Dear Counsel,

I need a proper legal advice and expertise in a pending debt recovery of a client. Let me know if you are currently accepting new clients to enable me furnish you with necessary
modalities to pursue this debt recovery.

Best regards.

Lawson Roberts

A lawyer in Norway forwarded a variation of the email:

Fra: Shinn, Martha [mailto:[email protected]]
Sendt: 22. juli 2014 04:12
Emne: Legal Inquiry

Dear Counsel,

I actually sent you this mail few weeks ago, my boss Mr. Lawson Roberts wish to humbly request your legal expertise in a pending debt recovery of a client. He needs proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle his matter.

However, do let him know if you are currently accepting new clients, to enable him furnish you with necessary modalities to pursue this debt recovery.

He await your swift response, your reply should be sent to him directly through his private email address: [email protected]


Martha Shinn
On behalf of Lawson Roberts ([email protected]).

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