Commercial debt collection scam by Ma Li Yeng of Yeng Beijinguangzhou Electric

November 28, 2011 By: FraudInfo Category: Fraud warning

Six Ontario lawyers have been received emails from the purported Ma Li Yeng with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. 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.

Here is an example of the message:

From: MA LI YENG [mailto:maliyeng@yengbeijinguangzhouelectric.com]
Sent: November 24, 2011 9:33 PM
To: bfsimpson@barnessammon.ca
Subject: legal consultation

This is a request for your legal consultation services on behalf of my
company I would like your advice regarding possible representation on a a
breach of Contract/Collection/litigation case concerning my company and a
client in your state.I believe that the matter is within your jurisdiction
which is why I’m requesting your legal advice. After a careful review of
your firms profile as well as your qualification and experience, we are of
the opinion that your are qualified to provide the legal services as
requested. Do let me know your position in reviewing this matter, so I may
provide any additional information. I look forward to your prompt response
to our request.
Regards, MA LI YENG CEO/PRESIDENT YENG BEIJINGUANGZHOU ELECTRIC CORP 2,Xinzong 3rd Road, Private Industrial Area, Cicheng

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 fraudinfo@lawpro.ca.

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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3 Responses to “Commercial debt collection scam by Ma Li Yeng of Yeng Beijinguangzhou Electric”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I am from Costa Rica. I get that email last week.
    I didnt know it was fraud and I reply it, asking them for more information. They send me an email with a lot of information that maked me think that it is not a fraud.
    Please confirm me that it is a fraud?
    How can I indentify that kind of frauds?
    Sorry about my english.

  2. TimLemieux says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    They are very good at providing a lot of convincing details.
    Some things to look for are:
    1. was the original email also copied to several other people and start with “dear lawyer” or “dear attorney”?
    2. they will delay in providing a retainer for your services.
    3. they “debtor” will pay up very easily, sometimes even before you send a demand letter.
    Please see our Fraud Fact sheet at http://www.practicepro.ca/practice/pdf/FraudInfoSheet.pdf for more ways to spot the scams.

  3. lucia says:

    Hi, I am in the British Virgin Islands. My law firm received this request for legal services. As it is our practice to run a check on line, we did and could not find this company. We then asked for further details on the company before engaging with them, to that we got no response and the emails stopped.

    Your information helped as I have wondered about how this scam would work.

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