Nine Ontario lawyers have reported to us that they received the following message from the purported David Wang of China Resources Machinery Co. This scam is very similar to other breach of copyright or trademark scams we have seen over the last several months, and identical in wording to the fraud under the name of Daniel Liu. It is a setup to dupe a lawyer into wiring good funds from a trust account after depositing a fraudulent cheque received in payment of damages.
Here is a copy of the message the lawyers received. They are personally addressed, unlike many scam emails that simply start with “dear lawyer”:
From: david wang [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, July 23, 2012 2:48 PM
Subject: Copyright Infringement
Dear **lawyer name**,
Please do you handle Copyright Infringement cases as our long time
business associate has violated our copyright agreement and we need a
good lawyer to handle this matter urgently. If your firm is retained, our
expectation of your services for now will be within the scenario of a
Demand letter to our client.
This approach will trigger the much needed response from our client
towards amicable settlement We are prepared to pay your retainer
fees.We will also send you other important and sensitive documents documents
Expecting your urgent reply
China Resources Machinery Company Ltd
26 Harbour Road
Wanchai Hong Kong
One lawyer received the following fake cheque and cover letter:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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