Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Johnson's Lawyer

This one started out too vague to be certain. So we had to work it up a bit. See below.

On Mar 20, 2011, at 1:06 PM, "Johnson" wrote:

I need a commercial litigation lawyer to handle a collection matter, I will also need a referral if this is not your line of practice. Thank you as I look
forward to your response soonest


On Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:32:47 -0700, "> wrote:

Sure. I am a not a commercial litigation lawyer but i really smart. Tell me about your case.

My Name & Number
Sent from my iPhone


Thanks for your urgent reply. I am a broker for Brenton Financial in the United Kingdom. We got your contact information from the online Lawyers Directory as a result of our search for reliable firm to provide legal services as requested.

We request your representation to counsel us in litigation and enable us collect a debt owed to us in the amount of $900,000.00USD by a delinquent seller in your jurisdiction. We are of the opinion that once our presence is established in your state via a legal representative, our seller will have no option but comply with payment request.

We believe that a normal scenario will require a phone call or demand letter from you to our seller if your services is retained. Although we believed that litigation should be applied as a last resort as we intend to preserve the relationship we have with our seller. Though we do hope not to resort to litigation unless all other options are exhausted but we will like the comfort of knowing that the option is available and letting our seller know that litigation may be enforced if the option becomes necessary.

We understand the concept of running a conflict check that is why we are providing our delinquent seller located in your state for your conflict check and to enable you present to us your retainer agreement for your services.

J&M Machine
1703 NE 43rd Street
Renton, WA 98056-1632

I will like to have a telephone conference with you on this issue as to let you know further details of this transaction. We happened to have place an order for Aircraft machinery parts worth $1,800,000.00, and they demanded we pay 50 percent of the funds before delivering our products. Payment to the seller was made in October of 2010 and our calculation shows that delivery is about five Months late, for the regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 120 days.

It will be very helpful if we receive your retainer agreement for review. This will enable our board decide on the conditions of the retainer in our next board meeting. Also once we have reviewed your agreement I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice, Purchase agreement. This will enable your firm start working on this case.

We thank you for your business as we look forward to your prompt response.

Ashley Johnson
Managing Director
Brenton Financial Inc
225 Green Field Crescent, Stockport,
Cheshire U.K SK4 3W4
Tel: +44-161-261-7420 Fax: +44-161-241-4867
UK Finance & Leasing

Best part, she actually called me. I laughed. As I often do. I told her I would memorialize our emails here. Hi Ashley.


  1. Yes we recieved this call yesterday...thank you for your post.

  2. Just rec'd a similar one:

    Dear Sir,

    I need a commercial litigation lawyer to handle a collection matter, I will also need a referral if this is not your line of practice. Thank you as I look forward to your response soonest.


    Derrin Scrafford
    Everton Oil & Gas Inc.
    Tel:+44 702 406 2506
    Fax:+44 702 403 8157

  3. I haven't seen this specific one on the website, but it's similar in nature to the above. Both myself and my law partner received the email. Because it was vague we responded (though fully aware that it was highly likely to be a scam):

    From: Steven William
    Date: September 30, 2013 at 12:55:14 PM EDT
    To: undisclosed-recipients:;
    Subject: New case

    I want to inquire if your firm handles breach of contract cases. A referral will be welcomed if this is not your area of practice.

    Steven William.

    My response:

    Mr. William,

    We do handle breach of contract cases. In order for us to determine if we are able to help you, however, we will need more information. Please contact a member of our firm at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    The reply:

    Hello Xxxxx,

    Find below debtor's information for a conflict check, before we can schedule a telephone conference.

    Ryerson Inc
    Address: 555 N Yearling Rd,
    Columbus, OH 43213, United States

    We hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.

    Steven William
    Executive Board of Director
    Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK Limited (SSI UK)
    Steel House,
    Redcar, Cleveland TS10 5QW,
    United Kingdom.
    T: +44 793 717 9355
    F: +44 809 174 0719