Lawyers in Ontario, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana have told us they’ve received emails from the purported Mark Duga 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 email:
From: Mark Duga
To: lawyer name
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:29 PM
Subject: your service is in need
My name is Mark Duga of Orek Vision and I am requesting the services of your firm on a breach matter with Timothy Mclead in the amount of $423,306.00.Please respond if this is something your firm can handle for me.
Address: North York Newtonbrook,
Ontario, M2M 4M7
One lawyer received the follow cheque and cover letter from the fraudsters:
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.