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Suspicious contract-enforcement emails from William Abare

September 27, 2011 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

Lawyers in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they’ve received emails from the purported William Abare with regards to a breach of contract. We’ve only seen the initial email, and so don’t yet know how exactly the fraud would play out, though it would likely progress along the same lines as other commercial debt collection scams we’ve seen. See our Confirmed Fraud page for full details and other names associated with this kind of fraud.

Here is an example of the email, and a contract received by one lawyer.:

From: “William Abare”
To: lawyer
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:25 PM
Subject: Contract/Legal Matter

I am William Abare based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am into haulage
services, freight forwarding and buy/sell used heavy duty trucks.
I entered into a contract with Mr. Warren Roberts to supply me with Car
carrier trucks, and as I write the Trucks purchased are yet to be delivered
as agreed and its been over 12 months. I have made the payment for the goods
in full and he is yet to fulfill his obligations as agreed, and I need the
contract enforced. I have the contract papers/invoice to be provided on your
request. Kindly get back to be to let me know if you can be of assistance.

God Bless.

A lawyer who responded to the email got this response:

Thanks for your e-mail message. A copy of the written agreement is
attached for your review. The Contract was executed in London,
Ontario, where Mr. Roberts presently resides. We agreed that goods
will be shipped within two months after the agreement was duly
executed, and the necessary shipping documents sent to me but this is
the 13 month.

The total payment for the trucks including shipping fees is $414,800,
and I gave him the money personally.

We agreed that if after 3 months Mr. Warren Roberts fails to comply
with any of the terms of the agreement, and fails to supply the goods
paid for, I shall be entitled to terminate the contract for default.

He has failed to make progress, thereby endangering the performance of
the agreement reached. He has failed to provide adequate assurance of
future performance of this contract and I need the contract enforced
and all the expenses I incurred paid back. He is aware of my
intentions to seek legal action.

Please, send .

God Bless.

Mr. William Abare.
81B, Taman Bunga Raya,
Jalan Besar,71700 Mantin,
Malaysia.

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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5 Responses to “Suspicious contract-enforcement emails from William Abare”


  1. Kenneth I. says:

    I began receiving emails from William Abare approximately October 22, 2011, whcih did not include his phone number or address. When I asked for it, there magically appeared a physical address in Malaysia, but no phone number. Also newly appearing was a statement that he wanted to hire me (and he does not know me from Adam) and that if he didn’t get paid, he couldn’t afford “his treatment.” And the new ending “God Bless.” I smelled a rat and a Google search of his purported name led me to your website.

    The text of his plea and his contract are identical that that which you have posted above, except that the contract was conveniently executed in “Overland Park, Kansas,” which is where I work and live. The contract itself sent up many red flags because even self-help web contracts are better than this piece of garbage. And why would he contact a patent lawyer for a commercial contract enforcement?

    I will bet that the con works as follows: Lawyer makes settlement; get initial $125000 settlement check; is pressured into releasing to Mr. Abare all funds but the retainer and sending it to a bank in Malaysia or where ever, probably by wire transfer; chech has appeared to clear, but bounces six weeks later and the poor lawyer is in hoc for the rest of his life.
    Thank you for your frausd detection efforts.

  2. wynde juliet winston says:

    The key to all this fraud is that few of us have any idea how long it takes for a check to “clear.” My bank told me that one can be back charged at almost anytime in the future on a bad check – when I tried to pin them down so as to protect my escrow account. The end of this story is I could
    NOT pin them down.

  3. TimLemieux says:

    Its true that banks can reverse “cleared” checks at any time.
    Here’s an article that addresses that subject for U.S. lawyers:
    http://www.okbar.org/news/front/2010/03/12-scams-targeting-lawyers.htm

    And for Canadian lawyers:
    http://www.practicepro.ca/LAWPROMag/FundsHandling.pdf

    Ontario lawyers will also want to refer to the FAQs about LAWPRO’s enhanced coverage for counterfeit certified cheques, bank drafts, etc
    http://lawpro.ca/insurance/faqs/faqs_pp1.asp

  4. K says:

    I received the same email, from a Richard Otiz, in Quebec.



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