Commercial debt collection scam by May Wang of Heidelberg China Ltd
Date First Reported: June 2012
Primary Name Associated: May Wang
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers received an email from the purported May Wang of Heidelberg China 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: May Wang [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: June-08-12 12:46 PM
To: lawyer name
Subject: re: unpaid/delayed invoices
We ask of your proffessional assistance regarding unpaid/delayed payment invoices from our customers in Canada. There have been unpaid/delayed payments from some of our customers, with several previous demands ending negatively. We know we would have been settled if we had a reputable lawyer/ firm representing our company there in your country.
We will want you to Provide legal consultation, write demand letters, act as our account receivables/payables and bring actions in court against the debtor customer as the case may be. We wait to hear from you. We thank you for your anticipated co-opertaion.
Heidelberg China Ltd
Building No. 710
Lian Tang ind. Park
518004 Luo Hu District,
Tel.: +86 755 573 7888
Fax: +86 755 573 6900
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