FRAUD ALERT: Debt collection scam attempt from "Smith Jackson"
We have received reports from several lawyers who received the following collection scam attempt from “Jackson Smith”. The initial message is as follows:
From: Smith Jackson jacksonsnmith 2018 @ outlook. com
I was wondering if you would be able to assist me on a litigation case regarding a friend who has defaulted in paying back the money I loaned him last year. Please let me know if this is something you can assist me with.
This has been confirmed as a scam attempt – any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.
Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.
Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them. Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.
For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on lians.ca. To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at email@example.com or 902 423 1300, x346.