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Date First Reported: October 2011

Primary Name Associated: William Scott

Description of Potential Fraud:

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We’ve been advised of a scam by the purported William Scott with regards to a real estate purchase. As with scams under the names Shiukmoda Joji and Jyoung Chung Tu, it appears that this fraud is a set-up for a request to return real estate deal deposit monies paid with a bad cheque. Ontario lawyers should be on the lookout as well. For a full description of how this fraud works and a list of names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is the initial email:

Name: Engr William Scott
Email: engrwilliamscott@yahoo.com

Goodday,

I am retiring soon and i will be relocating for good,after searching the internet for a Real Estate Agent.I found your address for your firm i decided to choose your firm to buy my permanent home. The home will be a cash buy please get back to me A.S.A.P. I need a 4 to 5 bed rooms home of $2 Million – $4 Million.Please contact me directly

Regards
ENGR WILLIAM SCOTT

Responding to that email got this reply:

Hello,
Thanks so much for your effort so far. I am interested in this property number MLS®#: 1108602. I like the features it possesses and i can’t wait to own it so i will need you to give all your support,dedication and commitment to make that possible.Property Description below;

MLS®#: 1108602
400 STONEBROOK
LAKESHORE, N8N 5H2
List Price: $1,200,000

Please i would want you to retain a lawyer for me as soon as possible so that my stock broker can send the funds directly to him via cashier cheque to keep in a trust account until i arrive in your country which is in less than 2 weeks or if there is any possible way you could secure the funds my stock broker would send directly via cashier cheque in an Escrow account without getting the lawyer involve let me know.

I need you to respond to this email as soon as possible.Thank you very much for your understanding and enjoy the rest of your day as i also wish you success in all your endeavours.

Regards,
Engr. William Scott

When ID was asked for, here’s what was provided:



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