Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals

Online users who have received email messages from someone at are asked to delete the same email messages because they are fakes. The fake email messages, see one below, are being sent by cyber criminals or online scammers to trick their potential victims into sending them money. The cyber criminals or online scammers accomplish this by frightening the recipients with legal actions or lawsuits.

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A Fake Lawsuit Email

From: Mary Warden []

Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 11:11 AM

Subject: Important Notification(Lawsuit)

You are going to be served with the court papers due to non-payment after so many reminders. If you want to avoid these legal consequences, we merely require you to get back to us with the payment, you can e-mail us for further details.

Best Regards.

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January 11, 2024 at 4:26 PM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Redmond, Washington, United States

I've been getting these emails for years. Name seems to change once a year.


October 12, 2023 at 5:52 PM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Hawthorne, California, United States

I have been receiving this same email from these people every 6 months:

Mary Warden

11:35 AM (4 hours ago)

to me

Advance Cash is a parental Payday loan company which owns and operates on more than 350 payday loan websites like Cash net, Oneclickcash, Speedy cash, Moneytree, Ameriloans, Ace cash express etc. We are talking about the loan amount of $500 that you took from the company.

Best Regards.

Mary Warden

12:51 PM (2 hours ago)

to me

If we do not receive required Payment information by TODAY then we will file the case against you on Monday morning and you will receive court summons along with papers within seven business days.

Best Regards.


September 17, 2023 at 12:43 PM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Redmond, Washington, United States

I have received several emails with these same threats and the amount is higher each time


August 4, 2023 at 9:21 AM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Sacramento, California, United States

I received an email from Lisa Bates from

In her original email stated that the court case is from Cash Express USA however, the attached settlement was on Advance America. When I asked her the send he validity of the debt, she said I would receive it in court. Then when I questioned her about the difference between what she has the SUPPOSED Court Case filed with the courts with the names SHE WILL NOT ANSWER THAT. I also asked her about the difference between her email address and the lawyers email. No response.

She threatened me by saying she would see me in court. LOL

I used to do collections for a bank back in the day for mortgages and by law you cannot just go to court and not provide documentation prior to the consumer..



August 17, 2023 at 6:45 PM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Carloover, Virginia, United States

I received the same thing from Lisa Bates as well. As I told her she has to send me the ORIGINAL SIGNED DOCUMENTS. They kept it up for 2 more emails and then stopped when I told them they can’t do this because the Fair Debt Collections Act says differently.


July 7, 2023 at 11:24 AM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Lewisville, Texas, United States

EM, I have received numerous of emails threatening to sue me for something I have clue of. Even sent a copy of a fake invoice from a cash advance company with an attorney's name at the end. They won't stop.

From: Cynthia Wilson <>

Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2023 4:33 PM

Subject: Notice of Legal Proceedings

Dear Customer,

This is your last chance,

Do you want to pay or not? If you do not pay then we will take legal action against your name, SSN, or against you. We are waiting for your response. Do update us ASAP.From:

Cynthia Wilson <>

Sent: Friday, July 7, 2023 11:14 AM

To: Elaine McMerchant <>

Subject: Re: Notice of Legal Proceedings

This is a quick reminder in reference to your payment of $600 which is due for today July 7, 2023. Once the full and final payment is received, this account will be considered as paid in full with zero balance. Just in case, you are not able to make the payment as per the settlement offer, no settlement offer will be considered in the near future; also interest and late charges will be applied on a daily basis. Kindly make the payment today to avoid any further legal consequences.

Kindly deposit the amount of $600 into your Cash App and update me.

Step 1: Kindly open the Cash App.

Step 2: Click the BANKING icon in the Cash App which is on the bottom left corner of the screen.

Step 3: Link Debit Card, and then tap Add Cash.

Step 4: Choose the amount then tap Add and confirm.

Best Regards.


June 22, 2023 at 11:45 AM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Mt Laurel, New Jersey, United States

The email I received!

Robert Peterson <>

Mon, Jun 19 at 7:04 PM

Dear Customer,

This is your last chance,

Do you want to pay or not? If you do not pay then we will take legal action against your name, SSN or against you.

We are waiting for your response.

Do update us ASAP.


June 14, 2023 at 3:34 PM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Ashburn, Virginia, United States

I emailed them and order them to cease and desist as per lawyer recommendation and they're supposed to not continue to contact me and they did so they're breaking the law regardless cuz once you send a cease and desist request / demand they're not supposed to say anything to you again


June 9, 2023 at 3:42 PM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
an anonymous user from: Downers Grove, Illinois, United States


May 17, 2023 at 7:44 PM by Fake Lawsuit Emails Sent by Cybercriminals
info is being used by the scammers.


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