Two New York lawyers have just reported to us that they received the following message from the purported Elias Machta. 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: Elias Machta [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:00 PM
Subject: Trademark Violation
We have a case of trademark violation that we wish that you review for us.
If your practice schedule will allow you take in new client or interview new
client, please advise.
Should you want to look at the merit of our case, I will quickly forward all
evidential documents regarding our claim.
Thank you and Please respond promptly to our inquiry.
A lawyer who replied got this response:
Thank you for your response, it is our opinion that you do a conflict check before pertinent documents relating to this claim is forwarded to your office. Should we receive an all clear, please advise on the best way to forward our evidence to your attention.
Please find below the name of the infringer:
CIGS Clothing Co
St, Paul, MN
Our Trade Mark Registration Number:
I would like us to discuss this further on the phone, do advise on the best time to reach you. Once more thank you and I look forward to a mutual business relationship between us.
Baleno Enterprise Inc.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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