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Date First Reported: October 2011

Primary Name Associated: Song Sue

Description of Potential Fraud:

fraud-warning

Lawyers in Ontario have been receiving emails from the purported Mrs. Song Sue with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. These messages are coming in the form of MS Word attachments, rather than in the text of the email. 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:

Chinese Graphite & Carbon Limited
Room 901, Building 1, Huaao Center, Zizhuyuan Road,
Haidian District, Beijing, China

Dear Counsel,

Chinese Graphite & Carbon Limited is a professional manufacturer of industrial graphite blocks, graphite electrode and other carbon products for years and the management requires your legal representation for our North American delinquent customers.

We are looking for a reputable attorney to represent us in North America in order for us to recover monies due to our organization by overseas customers, and as well follow up with these accounts. In order to achieve these objectives a good and reputable law firm will be required to handle this service(s).

We understand that a proper Attorney client agreement must be entered into by both parties. Your consideration of our request is highly anticipated and we look forward to your prompt response.

Kindly get back to us on: [email protected]

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Song Sue
Sales Manager
Chinese Graphite & Carbon Limited
Tel/Fax 86-10-59221201
[email protected]

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.