Commericial debt collection scam by Wang Shun of Wuhan Iron & Steel

March 01, 2012 By: FraudInfo Category: Fraud warning

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)

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.

Wang Shun
Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation.
Qingshan District of Wuhan,
Zip Code: 430080
Email: wang.liu8768@yahoo.com.hk
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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26 Responses to “Commericial debt collection scam by Wang Shun of Wuhan Iron & Steel”

  1. emma mitchell-price says:

    I have replied to an email offering me an employed position, but i have only now seen this. I supplied my details as requested as I have been seeking employment in the oil and gas industry. I am now deeply concerned as to what my details will be used for.

  2. Miria Henry says:

    I have just recieved an email for this company copy enclosed:

    Wuhan Iron & Steel
    10:20 AM (4 hours ago)

    to a
    Dear Prospective Client/Rep:

    We are a corporation that Manufacture Iron & Steel in Qingshan District of Wuhan, CHINA. We distribute our product all around the world. We Require your Assistance as Collection Representative in your Area.

    Send info to Indicate Interest;
    (Full Add.):
    (Current Work):
    (Company Position):

    E-MAIL US: wuhansteel@optimum.net

    Reply Quickly.

    Accountant Director
    Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation.

    I replied that I do not want to give out my details to him and would this assistance require payment from me, I haven’t heard anything back as yet. I googled the company name and found you so thank you for being there.

  3. Helen Macfarlane says:

    Just relied to an email regarding job opportunity … Gave out my details so I’m mor extremely alarmed after reading these articles!!! What do I do now?!
    Kind regards.

  4. TimLemieux says:

    Hi Helen. As long as you haven’t sent them any money, there’s no harm done. You can just ignore any future emails from them.

  5. Helen Macfarlane says:

    That’s put my mind at rest-huge thank you x

  6. Laura says:

    I received the e-mail below and when I google the company name, I found you guys. Thank you for having information about this scam on your web page.

    Sender: Wuhan Iron & Steel (curmudww.wowway.com)

    Prospective Representative;

    Thanks for your response, We are a corporation that Manufacture Iron & Steel in
    Qingshan District of Wuhan, CHINA. We distribute our product all around the
    world. We Need your Kind Assistance as Collection Representative in your

    Send Form to Indicate Interest;
    (Full Add.):
    (City/ Country.):
    (Company Position):

    Reply with above form.

    Peng Chen
    Chief Accountant
    Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation.
    Qingshan District of Wuhan,

  7. James VanTuyl says:

    Received email as listed above. Nice to have you to research it.

  8. Chelan Lakhani says:

    felie6440@wowway.com. Wowway.com is an Internet Service Provider based in the US only. So people staying in the US when subscribed to the internet service gets an email address.

    Another email which they use & switch off is stuartde60@westnet.com.au



    Results for “stuartde60@westnet.com.au, ”
    The email address you entered doesn’t seem valid.

  9. Latasha says:

    I was accepted a job offer by this company. And one of their vice. president wanted my information so that he could send me my weekly pay. And do other task that are required for the position. I was wondering if this was a scam. And also I never recieved any phone calls, only text and emails.

  10. Fara says:

    Latasha the same happened to me. Exact senario I deposited the check and they said it came back fraudulent I told the guy they put a hold on it he never texted back. It’s all fake it’s gross how they prey on people like that

  11. Fara says:

    Daniel Baxter email is danielbaxter2005@outlook.com beware of this scam artist

  12. Jutta Ling says:

    Yep they are still doing it. Here is the email I got.
    Attention: Prospective Rep

    We are a corporation that Manufacture Iron & Steel in Qingshan District of
    Wuhan, CHINA. We Distribute our product all around the world. We Need your
    Assistance as Collection Rep in your Location.

    Send Form to Indicate Interest;

    (Full Add.):
    (City/ Country.):
    (Current Work):
    (Company Position):

    Reply with above form.

    Peng Chen
    Chief Accountant
    Wuhan Iron & Steel (Group) Corporation.

  13. Jordan says:

    I just received a reply and I gave the info requested. What should I do now?? I’m very alarmed.

  14. TimLemieux says:

    Just ignore any further contact from them.

  15. Michael says:

    Is Wuhan Iron and Steel the only company out there in China involved in this scam? Any list available?

  16. TimLemieux says:

    You can use the search box on our blog to see which other names we’ve come across.

  17. richard brophy says:

    yes they contacted me and mailed me a bank check for 23,000 dollars in my name which I deposited at my bank in my account. I will call them on tuesday and tell them its a scam.But I wonder why they bother doing this?

  18. richard brophy says:

    they sent me a bank check for 23000 dollars

  19. TimLemieux says:

    Because some people fall for it. They only need a few successful scams to make it worth their time.

  20. Jacques Ouanounou says:

    I have also played the game and I received a 31089$ check that I deposited. A certain Li Wan from Wuhan Iron and steel Company in China sent to me via A Mr Taylor Miller from Ontario sand and gravel association. Apparently the check was stolen from the company in Mississauga and sent to me. After depositing the check the whole scam was discovered. Be careful if you get approached by Wuhan iron and steel corporation the checks are fraudulous. They even sent to me prior to the check a contract to be signed between them and myself with the signature of the president of Wisco(Wuhan iron and steel company.

  21. Nicole Bruder says:

    I am a new real estate agent, and this company had gone to my company website looking for a representative. So of course I e mailed them thinking it was someone looking for property, I figured it was going to be a commercial transaction. They sent an e mail asked for my name and phone number etc, which was logical considering it was on my business cards. This morning I just got an e mail with a certificate for me to sign…then I found this site indicating it was a scam…I did receive two phone calls one was a 00 area code which literally doesn’t exist but no message left. Should I be contacting the local police

  22. TimLemieux says:

    We haven’t had much success trying to involve the police if no money was actually lost. Finding online fraudsters is tough and time consuming for them. Helping people spot the signs of a scam has been a lot more effective.

  23. carol says:

    Noshiro Iron & Steel is now the new name from the scammers company. Wanted me to collect cheques (which will bounce) then wire the funds elsewhere. Then I would be out the money.

  24. a says:

    Another one here:

    Shandong Haihua Company Limited first and foremost would like to thank you your interest in our proposal. We are currently seeking for a Reputable Company/Individual that can act as our Company Representative in Canada / Northern America by assisting Shandong Haihua Company Ltd to communicate and also retrieve overdue payments from our customers/clients who are located in Canada / Northern America. We have clients from your region that has not met up to the normal payment schedule of 30 days after confirming the delivery of products sent to them in good condition. Based on research and past experience we have discovered that having a representative in the same region with our client, it becomes very easy for them to comply and pay in due time, that is why we require Representatives in Canada and Northern America who can easily communicate with our customers via email and telephone menus. We shall provide you with all information which you will require to prove the existence of debt owed by the customer/client. The advantage of this opportunity is that, no capital or investment is needed to start this position. The opportunity will not disengage you from your current job because it is a part-time job that will only require a few minutes of your time daily to communicate with our customers either via email or telephone means and you do not require any special skills, experience or training to be able to do this job competently, the requirement for this position is good customer relationship and an effective communication skill.

    After confirming that you received this email, we shall send you another email which is our Approval Process which you are to confirm your full contact information in the right manner and also presenting the details to the customer/client. We confirm in good faith that we are ready to work with you and also we must let you know that any payment made to you on behalf of our company, you shall earn 5% as commission and also you will be placed on a monthly payment of $5,000.00 based on your credibility if you are willing and ready to assist our company without any illegal act.

    Shandong Haihua Group Company Limited develops ocean chemical and petrochemical industrial products in China. The company’s product portfolio includes light and dense soda ash, crude and granule salt, dehydrate and anhydrous calcium chloride, white carbon black, solid water glass, potassium sulfate, magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, liquid chlorine, caustic soda, polyvinyl chloride, sodium nitrite, sodium nitrate, concentrated nitric acid, bromine, petroleum coke, diesel, fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas, coke, coal tar, 90#gasoline, crude benzene, methanol, aniline, chloroform, dichloromethane, SIPM, and zinc oxide. It serves customers in China and internationally. The company was founded in 1995 and is based in Weifang, China. Shandong Haihua Group Company Limited operates as a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation. To know more about the company, kindly view our website: http://www.haihua.com.cn/index.php?

    I want to also let you know that we have approximately $16,800,000.00 worth of payment with different clients/companies from different regions in Canada and Northern America currently owed to Shandong Haihua Company Ltd.

    Please do not hesitate to get back to us if you require further details and I hope this email finds you well.

    If you want to speak with me, you can always reach me through this telephone number: +852-5808-6674

    Waiting to hear from you.

    Best Regards

    Mingqin Gao
    Independent Director
    Tel: +852-5808-6674
    Website: http://www.haihua.com.cn/index.php?
    Shandong Haihua Group Co., Ltd

  25. Petr says:

    I also receieved similar email few hours ago (I am from Czech Republic):

    My company will like to use your services as an account Receivable agent, from our customers in Canada and USA on a 6 months contract basis. you will be responsible for collection of all account receivables due to the company in the above region to directly support sales operations at 5% commission and $4,900 monthly salary payment.

    Please contact Mr. Lachlan Wang for more details on;

    Email: kozotoinvestmentcomp@gmail.com

    We will appreciate your services.

  26. Blake says:

    Still doing it they almost got me until I saw this

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