Two lawyers in Ontario have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Peng Chen of Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation 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: Verne C. Bechill [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: September-24-12 9:35 AM
Subject: Dear Counsel
This is a request for your possible Representation in a breach of
contract matter.I’m Peng Chen, I like to know if your schedule will
permit you to handle a case of breach contract between us and a customer
in your jurisdiction.
If there are processes new clients are meant to go through before a case
is accepted please advice, or if you accept case base on referral I
would want to know also.
It is important we hear from you as soon as possible so we can decide on
what to do. If you have any questions or concern do not hesitate to
Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation.
Qingshan District of Wuhan,
Website: http://www.wisco.com.cn/wisco_ en/
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 email@example.com.
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.
For more immediate updates on fraud and claims prevention, subscribe to the email or RSS feed updates from LAWPRO’s AvoidAClaim blog.
Fraud Fact Sheet More fraud prevention information and resources are available on the practicePRO Fraud page, including the Fraud Fact Sheet, a handy reference for lawyers and law firm staff that describes the common frauds and the red flags that can help identify them.