Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Feng Han Qin of Echan Industries Pte Ltd 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 the initial email:
From: Feng Han Qin
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2012 6:41 AM
Subject: Legal Aid
I am Feng Han Qin, President of Echan Industries Pte. Ltd. I am writing you on behalf of the firm to solicit for your representation in a precarious case demanding litigation, i really need your assistance in this case. I will be waiting to hear from you as soon as possible
F. Han Qin
A lawyer who responded got this reply:
Thanks for your mail
I am Feng Han Qin, soliciting your representation on behalf of Echan Industries Pte. Ltd. We got your contact from the lawyer referral service and as such we need your counsel in litigation to collect a debt owed in the amount of $1,400.000.00USD by a delinquent seller in your region. We prefer to established Our presence in your state via a legal representative, Thereby forcing the seller to comply with payment request as effort made for refund has proven to be abortive.
Find Below the location of the delinquent seller for you to run a conflict check Please send your retainer agreement for my review thereafter.
Panox Equipment Limited
1095 O’connor Dr
Toronto, ON M4B 2T1, Canada
We ordered Machinery Equipments worth $2,800,000.00USD, of which 50 percent of the funds was demanded before delivery. Payment to the seller was made in September of 2011 and calculation shows that delivery is above three Months late, The regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 90 days.
I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice and wire transfer slip once your retainer agreement is signed.
I look forward to your prompt response and your retainer agreement
Feng Han Qin
Echan Industries Pte. Ltd
19 Benoi Crescent, Singapore 629982
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