Commerical debt collection scam using the names James Fluker and LYNX Electronic Distribution
Date First Reported: May 2014
Primary Name Associated: James Fluker
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported James Fluker of LYNX Electronic Distribution 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 sent by the fraudster to the lawyer:
From: J Fluker
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 8:18 PM
Subject: representation request
I am writing on behalf of LYNX Electronic Distribution Inc, to request your
possible representation on a breach of contract/Litigation case in matters
concerning LYNX Electronic Distribution Inc and a client in your state. We
believe that this case is within your jurisdiction which is why we are
requesting your legal assistance and possible representation. Do let us know
your position on this, as we look forward to a prompt response from you.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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