Real estate bad cheque scam by Yuang Thomas
Date First Reported: February 2012
Primary Name Associated: Yuang Thomas
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario lawyer has been contacted by the purported Yuang Thomas with regards to what looks like a real estate bad cheque scam. Another lawyer received an identical email from this person in June of 2010. For details of how this scam works see our Confirmed Fraud page.
Here is the email:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: February-10-12 9:58 AM
I am Mr.Yuang Thomas,am currently in China. I will be retiring soon and as
such intend relocating to Canada for Good, after searching the Canada
Chamber of Commerce Profile for a reliable Attorney/Law Firm,I found your
firm and I have decided to contact your firm to represent me as regards
buying my permanent home there in Canada.
The home will be a cash buy and I will fly to Canada for the closing in deal
for the property buy,but before then I would like my stock broker in Canada
to send the money to your firms trust account before my arrival.I intend to
make the funds available in Canada before coming in person for the closing
deal of the said property.
I am checking on some properties of my choice in your state already and
will be discussing with the seller/seller’s realtor as soon as i make a
I intend getting a 4 bed rooms/6 bed rooms home of between $350,000.00 –
$800,000.00 USD in a nice neighborhood in your state.Finally to this end i
will appreciate your prompt response to my request and your assistance will
Telephone: + 852-8199-0710
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