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Date First Reported: December 2010

Primary Name Associated: Stella Wang

Description of Potential Fraud:

fraud-warning

Over the last three weeks two Ontario lawyers reported receiving the message reproduced below from the purported Stella Wang.

This has to win the prize for the shortest ever message attempting a fraud. As short as it is, there are still two significant red flags: It is addressed to undisclosed recipients; and the email address that replies are requested to be sent to is different from the sender’s email address.


From: “stella wang”
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: lawyer assistance

I need a lawyer to handle my collaborative/family matter.

Your’s truly
stella wang
80 Stork Road
London, UK E7 9HR
Tel+44 79384226476
Email [email protected]

If you have been targeted by this fraud, please forward any of the emails you have received to [email protected].

If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO (instructions on how are here), as there may be a claim against you.

Further fraud prevention information and resources are available on the practicePRO Fraud page (www.practicepro.ca/fraud), including the Fraud Fact Sheet, a handy reference for lawyers and law firm staff that describes the common frauds and the red flags that can help identify them.