Trademark infringement scam by Lily Wang targets Ontario lawyers
Date First Reported: May 2012
Primary Name Associated: Lily Wang
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have just reported to us that they received the following message from the purported Lily Wang. 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: Lily Wang [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 12:33 PM
To: [lawyer email address]
Subject: Tarde Mark Infringement
Good day and I hope this mail meet you well. We are a consumer items manufacturing company with customers in various countries. We have a case of trade mark infringement, passing off, misrepresentation or unfair business practices by a former distributor of ours; we intend to bring court proceeding against as soon as possible.
In your response to our inquiries we will like to be furnished with the following information.
A.What is time duration for such case?
B.What are the evidences required to prove as mentioned above?
C.What the chances of getting a fair trial knowing fully that we are not an American entity?
D.Do we need to send our product manager or ambassador to represent once the case commences?
E.The last but the least what or how would you want to be remunerated?
We will be glad if you can give provide in details what is required from us to prove a case of breach of trust as mentioned above.
If your schedule will not permit you to handle this case for us at the moment, we would not mind a referral from you.
Thank you and I look forward to your response soonest.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
If you have been targeted by this or a similar fraud, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to email@example.com.
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