FRAUD ALERT: Loan collection scam attempt from "Volker Ritzinger"

We have received several reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “Volker Ritzinger”. When a lawyer responded, the reply was follows:

I loaned Mr. Blackwell $685,000 on a fixed interest rate of 7.75% for two years, he has refused to pay me back the principal and interest. We signed a promissory agreement which i will send to you after you finish running your conflict check.

The promissory note will give you a better understanding about the loan.

The name of the party involved is SEAN BLACKWELL.

I am currently in Japan, where am working on a project till the end of August 2016. Below is the best address and telephone numbers to reach me :

Address : Kita-Koshigaya 3-12-5-301 Saitama-Ken Japan

Japanese Tel : +81355328888

Canadian Tel : 289-271-4512

You can always reach me on my Canadian number, is working over here in Japan.

I got your contact information from the online Lawyers Directory as a result of my search for a reliable firm to provide legal services.

Thanks for your time and effort.

Waiting to hear from you.

Kindest regards,

Volker Ritzinger

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 cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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