Lawyers in Ontario and the U.S. have told us they’ve received emails from the purported Wang Shun of Wuhan Iron & Steel 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: Liu Mr Wang
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 01:24:02 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: FILE: DEBT COLLECTION CASE.
We want to retain your service for the purpose of debt collection in your jurisdiction Please give us the opportunity to prove our self and we shall provide all document you need to accept our proposal.
Kindly let me know if you can.
Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation.
Qingshan District of Wuhan,
Zip Code: 430080
FAX ; +85 230-1733286
TEL: 86-237-2225499, 2225599, 2225699
A lawyer who played along with the fraudsters received this counterfeit cheque:
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