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Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Albert Liu

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Thirty lawyers in Canada and the U.S. have advised us of a collection scam by individuals purporting to be Albert Liu or James Chan from Lankom Electronics Co Ltd. The initial contact email the lawyer received is reproduced below.

We have seen this exact scam before, once in March of 2011 and three times in September of 2010.

Some of the messages include phone numbers and a website address for Lankom Electronics (www.lankomelectronics.com/). As of today there is nothing at this URL. There is a real company that goes by that name, with the same phone number and mailing address used in the emails, but its actual website is www.lankom.com.tw. The fraudsters have attempted to disguise their fake email address and URL by using otherwise legitimate information, including the name and title of Albert Liu (apparently the real Chairman and CEO of this company).

The initial contact email appears below, along with supporting documents provided by the fraudsters:

From: Albert Liu [email protected]
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 8:58 AM
To: Melvin Tan
Subject: RE: Greetings.

LANKOM ELECTRONICS CO.,LTD
7F,No.5,Lane 345, Yang Guang Street
Neihu,Taipei 114,Taiwan R.C.O
Tel:(886)-2-6606-9777
Fax:(886)-2-2658-3030
web: http://www.lankomelectronics.com
Email: [email protected]
Request for Legal services.
This is an official request for legal representation on behalf of LANKOM ELECTRONICS CO.,LTD
Our company’s principal activity is to sell and develop electronic components and other peripheral equipment. The Electronic parts division deals in semiconductors and EMS for personal computers,and general electronic parts.
The Information equipment division sells personal computers and computer peripheral equipment.

We are presently incapacitated due to international legal boundaries to exert pressure on our delinquent customers and we request for your services accordingly. We got your contact information from the Online Lawyers Directory as a result of our search for a reliable firm or individual to provide legal services as requested.

After a careful review of your profile as well as your qualification and experience, we are of the opinion that you are capable and qualified to provide the legal services as requested.

On behalf of LANKOM ELECTRONICS CO.,LTD Please accept my sincerest appreciation in advance for your willingness to render your services as we look forward to your prompt response to our request.

Yours truly,
Albert Liu
[email protected]
Chairman & CEO


One lawyer who corresponded with the fraudsters received this cheque in her office (apparently from a “sister company”, not Lankom Electronics, and a follow-up email.

Dear counsel,

Why the silent on us, information reaching us from our debtor is that part payment has been paid via their sister company ( MODU-LOC FENCE RENTALS LP) and amount paid is $120,000.00

Confirm back to us immediately to know if you have received it already or not so that we can confirm back to them

Yours truly
Albert Liu
Chairman/CEO
LANKom Electronics Co Ltd

When the lawyer stopped responding to emails, the following voicemail was received at her office

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.

If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.

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