Four Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Wang Mesh to act on real estate transactions that look like an attempt at a bad cheque fraud. As with scams of this type, it appears that this fraud is a set-up for a request to return real estate deal deposit monies paid with a bad cheque.
It is also the same name we’ve seen attached to a commercial debt collection scam.
For a full description of how this fraud works and a full list of names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.
Here is the email:
From: Wang Mesh
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 5:00 AM
I am Wang Mesh owner Wang Steel Mesh Co., Ltd. Yes am interested I want to buy the property. How do we proceed? It’s perfect seems you know what I want. Please send me the procedures because I need it as a matter of urgency. The only question is about the
*Asking price ?
*Condition of home ?
*Location of home?
*How old is the roof?
*What is the type of foundation?
*Does the home have insulation in the walls and attic?
*Have any appliances or systems been replaced and, if so, when?
otherwise, I don’t have any questions am satisfied and good to go.
Am always busy and at the moment I am not physically present to have or keep an appointment or view the property. I will have my manager do that when I receive your procedures and the aforementioned/above questions answered.
With the advent of Zillow.com and other online information centers, some of the data you would like to know can be found on the web, but much of that information is incorrect. This is the reason why I am asking you for these information’s.
Waiting for your response
WANG STEEL MESH CO.,LTD
One lawyer received the following cheque and cover letter at her office:
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