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Date First Reported: October 2011

Primary Name Associated: Chongan Lee

Description of Potential Fraud:

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One lawyer in Ontario and two in Finland have told us they’ve received emails from the purported Chongan Lee of Life Stage West with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. Another in the U.K. reported the same name but a different company. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.

Interestingly, the name Chongan appeared as a child’s name in the Anita Bell family law agreement scam.

Here is an example of two emails:

Message from Chongan lee [email protected]
To: Undisclosed recipients:;
Subject: ACKNOWLEDEGMENT.

My company is seeking legal representation in the issue of the default sales agreement. My company supplied hardware and telecommunications equipment to a client that resides in your city. The name of the client is Mr Trevor Hamilton ( Customer Number : WTU28903) and the amount on the default sales agreement is $917,894.30. I will send you a copy of the sales agreement and related sales invoice as soon as you let me know if is an issue your firm can handle.

Best Regards,

Chongan Lee

Life Stage West Co
5th Floor Shinosaka Central Tower
5-15 Nishi-Nakajima 5-Chome Yodogawa-Ku
Osaka, 532-0011,Japan
www.lifestage.co.jp

From: chongan lee [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 26 December 2011 21:04
Subject: Acknowledegment.

My company is seeking legal representation in the issue of the default sales agreement. My company supplied hardware and steel equipment to a client that resides in your country, and the amount on the default sales agreement is €800,894.00. euros I will send you a copy of the sales agreement and related sales invoice as soon as you let me know if is an issue your firm can handle.

Best Regards,

Chongan Lee.

Alunorth Metals Sdn. Bhd.
59, Jalan Industri Beringin, Taman Industri Beringin,
Juru, S.P.G. Ampat,Malaysia
Tel 04-508 8550

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected]

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

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Fraud Fact SheetMore fraud prevention information and resources are available on the practicePRO Fraud page, 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.