Christina Freitag and Brian Smith loan scam

Fictional ex-couple Christina Freitag and Brian Smith continue to make appearances in emails that have been sent to those in the New Zealand law community.

As with last month’s email scam information of Brian Smith, there have been further emails in which the partial payment funds of $125,500 and a retainer of $1,000 are requested.

Below is an interesting series of emails between a New Zealand law firm and the scammer(s). Identifying particulars have been removed. Again, the scammers have a number of forged documents to “prove” the loan.

Any emails received from christinalfreitag@gmail.com should be disregarded.

First email: After a response from the targeted lawyer

From: Christina Freitag [mailto:christinalfreitag@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, 30 June 2013 7:07 a.m.
To: [Name]
Subject: Re: Fee Accepted/Send Retainer Agreement.

Dear Counsel,

Good day to you and thanks for responding to my email.

My name is Christina Freitag and my address is 110 Janalee Drive, Henderson, KY 42420. On January 1, 2011, I lend Brian Smith whom now resides in your jurisdiction the sum of $750.000.00 with 8.5% interest on two years fixed term and to pay back January 10 2013. Hey had only paid me $50,000 but still owing $700,000.

He used to live here in Kentucky before the loan was made, but He had now relocated to your jurisdiction (Warkworth area). I was advised to seek legal assistance in my borrower new jurisdiction which is why I contacted you to act as my counsel in retrieving these funds. There has not been any attorney working on this case. Different payment dates have been promised and I still have not received anything. My last contact with my Borrower, I was told I would receive payment not later than Mid March 2013 and till now, nothing has been paid.

Kindly send me retainer agreement in order for me to inform Mr. Smith to expect contact from you as you have been authorized to act on my behalf. On your approval, I would like to forward your details to him so He knows a law firm is representing me and, I could sue for breach of agreement if He does not oblige to the terms of the loan agreement. I would like to give him this last chance to fulfil his obligations before we start legal proceeding if need be.

Please do get back to me so I can furnish you with the required details to contact my borrower on my behalf as I know He respect the law and wouldn't want to be litigated. Before we proceed, kindly forward your retainer agreement for my review and if satisfied with terms and conditions upon receipt; I shall make immediate provision for the fee for you to begin work.

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation and understanding. Contact me should you require more information. I have attached here a copy of the Loan Agreement Promissory Note and proof of partial payment He made for your peruse. My borrower's name is Brian Smith.

Regards,

Christina Freitag.


Second email: Agreement received

From: Christina Freitag [christinalfreitag@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 2 July 2013 6:30a.m.
To: [Name]
Cc: [Name]
Subject: Good day [Name]

Re: Agreement Received.

Agreement received. I shall review it and get back to you soon with the signed copy if it meets my approval and I shall make immediate provision for the fee. Please, note that I have already given your firm information to my borrower's (Mr. Smith) as He has requested for it to enable him establish contact with you and also make an arrangement on how to remit partial or full payment without delays or possible litigation.

I do not think this matter would result to litigation as He is not disputing the claim neither did He want to contest it. All I need is a reputable law firm like yours to act on my behalf as I am sick of his various excuses. He agreed to pay but kept giving me numerous excuses and turning me around. Each time he noticed I am about to seek a legal counsel to sue for breach of the agreement we had, he always come up the notion that he want to pay and the moment I cool off, he won't come up with the payment.

Mr. Smith and I used to be in a relationship and we both used to live here in Kentucky. He later relocates to your jurisdiction after our relationship broke down due to some personal differences and views about life and family just couple of months after the loan was released to him. I do not have his house# but I do have his email brian.smith@iname.com. I have asked him for his present physical full address.

He needed this loan to complete an ongoing project he was handling. The loan was released base on trust which of course has been broken. He has sufficient income, means and assets to satisfy a judgment for the balance of the debt. He is well to do business man but just wouldn't want to come up with the balance on time as agreed. He owns properties here in KY, New Zealand, and also in Canada.

He emailed me agreeing to pay after I notified him of my intention to sue him for breach of the agreement we had. He had previously made several promises to come up with the payment and none he ever kept and that is the more reason I told him this time around, I am seeking a legal counsel that will retrieve this funds from him and if need be, litigate him for breach of the agreement.

I am seeking a counsel basically because it is taken much longer for him to come up with the settlement as agreed on the Promissory Note, and I know with a counsel involvement, these funds would be release as soon as possible without going to court. After I notified him of my intention, He has already requested for your firm contact details to enable him establish contact with you

and set up an arrangement on how to remit the money he owed without delays or possible litigation.

I shall get back to you soon after my review of the agreement.

Regards

Ms. Freitag.


Attached copy of letter from Brian Smith

Date: July 4th, 2013

Dear [Name]

The purpose of this is to convey to you my sincere apologies for any inconvenience you might have experienced in respect to the remittance of the due balance of a loan I owed your client Christina Freitag.

Few days ago, I got an email from Ms. Freitag letting me know that you now represent her. I never planned for this to happen. As soon as I reviewed the loan agreement, it was clear that somehow, her request for the balance due loan had not been taken into first priority condition.

The only possible explanation I could give is that, I have recently had a number of some key changes and financial negatives, which might have resulted in her monies not being remitted at time stated on the Loan Agreement.

I am presently in Canada to facilitate a new company I have just established over here and I should be returning back to New Zealand soon.

Consequently, I have directed my financial institution to draft a partial payment to you and which is attached to this letter along with the legal fee as agreed on the Promissory Note that "Should there be a DEFAULT" borrower agrees to pay all reasonable legal fees and collection charges to the extent permissible by law, in addition to other amounts due.

I plead that this case is handled without resulting to any form of litigation. Because of this serious oversight, and as a testament of my appreciation for her kindness, I am going to provide you with the utmost ability to have remainder of the funds owed, remitted ASAP.

Your Sincerely,

Brian Smith


Third email: Signed Agreement

From: Christina Freitag [mailto:christinalfreitag@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 8 July 2013 9:54a.m.
To: [Name]
Cc: [Name]
Subject: Re: Signed Agreement.
Attachments: Signed Agreement..pdf

Dear Counsel,

Good day to you. Sorry for not getting back to you soon as promised. Work has been highly demanding over here lately. Attach is the signed copy of the agreement. This is to inform you that a retainer fee for $1,000 as you've requested has

been mailed to your office; also my borrower (Mr. Smith) had just confirmed to me that they have made a partial payment in the amount of $125,500 in your firm's name without delay to avoid being litigated.

I am presently away on a reconstruction contract. I will give you a follow up call as soon as time permit hopefully, within the week.

Please note that as soon as you receive the funds, do notify me for further directives.

Once again, thank you so much for making this happened.

Ms. Freitag.


Fourth email: Kindly confirm

From: Christina Freitag [mailto:christinalfreitag@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 15 July 2013 10:05 a.m.
To: [Name]
Cc: [Name]
Subject: Re: Kindly Confirm Receipt.

Good day Counsel,

Would you kindly confirm if partial payment in the amount of $125,500 and $1 ,000 retainer fee as requested, that was made payable to your law firm by my borrower (Mr. Smith) have been receive?

Thanks as I look forward to your confirmation.


Fifth email: Kindly process funds

From: Christina Freitag [christinalfreitag@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 16 July 2013 10:41 a.m.
To: [Name]
Cc: [Name]
Subject: Re: Thank You.

Counsel,

Thank you so much for the update. This is good news.

Kindly have the funds processed and let me know when to forward to you my account details for transmission of the available $125,500.

Thanks as I look forward to your email.

Ms. Freitag.

 
Sixth email: Where’s the money?

From: Christina Freitag [mailto:christinalfreitag@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, 22 July 2013 5:30 a.m.
To: [Name]
Cc: [Name]

Subject: Re: Urgent Attention.

Counsel,

It has been a week now since you confirmed receipt of a partial payment from my borrower {Mr. Smith} and till now I still haven't gotten a response from you regarding my request for transmission of the available funds.

Could you kindly update me with the status of funds?

I look forward to your email.

Christina.