We have been alerted to another commercial debt collection fraud that, like the William Yee scam, uses fake contact information mixed with the details of legitimate company websites.
In this case the name is Andy Lau of Calan Worldwide. For a full list of other names attached to this kind of fraud (not all use legit companies as cover) see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For details on how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the email:
From: Calan Worldwide Ltd firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 6:55 AM
Subject: Request for legal services
We are a manufacturing company which specializes in supplying Gifts & Premiums Handbags & Travel Goods, Baby Products Sports Goods Toys & Games etc. to customers worldwide, based in Hong Kong, Asia. We have been unable to follow up payments effectively for transactions with debtor customers in your country due to our distant locations, thus our reason for requesting for your legal services/representation. We were able to source your profile from the available attorney database in the US, North America,
Europe and South America we suppose you can provide us with legal representation to protect our interest in these areas.
We have analysed your profile and we are of the opinion that you are in a good position to handle our plight considering your expertise and experience in legal practice.
On behalf of Calan Worldwide 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.
I rely on the use of email translator to write this email to you, I will be more comfortable if we correspond via email as my English is very poor.
We shall earnestly await your response as we anticipate your representation.
Please contact me on my private email address: email@example.com
Mr. Lau Andy.
Company Name: Calan Worldwide Ltd
Company Address: Room 501, Bonham Centre, 79-85 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Web Site: www.hktdc.com/em/calan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.