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