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Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Izzadin Bin Aris

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Normally its lawyers notifying us of suspicious emails they have received. This time, a number of employees at LAWPRO have received emails from Izzadin Bin Aris that appear to be an attempt at the commercial debt collection scam. No doubt other lawyers have received the same message, or soon will. This scam is similar to ones we have seen under the names David Lawson, Mark Ludic and Ma Li Ni. For a description of how this kind of fraud works see this earlier Avoid A Claim post

Here is the email and supporting documentation sent by the fruadster:

From: Izaddin Bin Aris
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Bcc: Name
Please respond to [email protected]

Dear Attorney

My name is Izaddin Bin Aris from Malaysia. I provided a business associate of mine who is now base in Canada a loan three years ago. He needed this money to revive his business Then.

The loan was for 30 months Period and interest of 28%. The capital and interest were supposed to be paid on or before February 2011 but He has only paid part of the loan for now, so i would like you to assist me in collecting the money from him as he is now base in Canada .

Please let me know if this fall within the scope of your practice.

Sincerely

Bin Aris

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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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.