Trademark infringement scam by Alexis Yu Man-Chiu
Date First Reported: June 2012
Primary Name Associated: Alexis Yu Man-Chiu
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have just reported to us that they received the following message from the purported Alexis Yu Man-Chiu. This scam is very similar to other breach licence scams we have seen over the last several months. 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:
From: Alexis Yu,Man-Chu [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 02:15 AM
Subject: Trademark Infringement
We have a case of trade mark infringement that we wish that you review for us. If your practice schedule will allow you take in new client or interview new client, please advice.
Should you want to look at the merit of our case, I will quickly forward all pertinent documents regarding our claim.
Thank you and Please respond promptly to our inquiry.
Alexis Yu, Man-Chiu
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