Commercial debt collection scam using the names Paul Harrison and Swallow Dental Ltd
Date First Reported: November 2013
Primary Name Associated: Paul Harrison
Description of Potential Fraud:
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Paul Harrison of Swallow Dental Ltd looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.
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 to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial contact email, subsequent reply and fake documentation sent by the fraudster to the lawyer:
From: paul harrison
Do you handle Business Litigation? If you do let me know.
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thank you for giving us a chance to discuss our issues. We have come to understand that our supplier will not take us serious, which is why we have chosen to fight this matter legally.
First, we contacted Benco Dental Supply Company, and gave them a list of goods we wanted, they responded swiftly letting us know they had what we wanted and gave us their price. we agreed to deal with them and signed a contract. The terms of the contract required we pay a 50% down payment before they deliver the goods to us which we did.
You won’t believe this, till date we have not seen what we paid for neither have they paid back the 50% down payment we made. We tried to resolve this issue without getting any external party involved. Yet they have refused to see things our way and do business like civilized people. Find below details of supplier for your conflict check.
Benco Dental Supply Company
3590 Harbor Gateway N.
Costa Mesa, California 92626
We are sick and tired of writing emails that are taken for granted and take the bull by the horn and match them toe to toe. We are running a business here and do countless transactions all over the world which involves funds, we have to pay our staff, maintain the stability of our company and also meet up with demands of other clients. How are we supposed to do that with setbacks like this. We have to make profit to keep our business running. This is really heart breaking. What we require from you is this:
A: Review the documents attached to this email and let us know our weaknesses and how much chance we stand against Benco Dental.?
B: Let us know your experiences with cases like this and how long you think this case will take to be resolved.?
C: When it comes to court hearing , will i need to appear in person.? Have you handled cases like this in the past and how many years have practiced?
D: We are ready to fight to get this money back even if it means involving litigation. So please let us know your fees and terms of your representation.
E: What is your financial history?
F: I know this is difficult but can you by any chance predict the outcome of this case? What would be your strategy?
Assuming after perusal you would like to take our case, Have your fee agreement sent to my attention so we could go through your terms and condition. if you decide not to take this case let us know if you have referral .
We appreciate your time and effort and will be expecting a response from you soonest.
Swallow Dental Ltd
8 Ryefield Court Ryefield Way Silsden West Yorkshire BD20 0DL
FREE PHONE: +44 704 570 9887
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