Commercial debt collection scam by Li Wei of Coma Holdings
Date First Reported: February 2013
Primary Name Associated: Li Wei
Description of Potential Fraud:
[updated August 2013]
Lawyers in Alberta, Quebec Ontario, and Oregon have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Li Wei of Coma Holdings with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. There is another scam attempt that also uses the name Coma Holdings.
Here is the initial email:
Subject: Request For Legal Assistance!!
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:13:20 -0800
From: li wei
Name: Li Wei
Company Name: Coma Holdings Inc
Company Address: Hhyunduk B / D, 690-20,
Email: [email protected]
This is an official request for legal representation on behalf of Coma Holdings Inc. (some version of the email mention Elite River Industrial Ltd) We are a textile company with principal business in garment manufacturing and trading.
We are presently incapacitated due to international legal boundaries to exert pressure on our delinquent customers and we request for your services accordingly. We got your contact information from the Online Lawyers Directory as a result of our search for a reliable firm or individual to provide legal services as requested.
After a careful review of your profile as well as your qualification and experience, we are of the opinion that you are capable and qualified to provide the legal services as requested.
On behalf of Coma Holdings Inc, Please accept my sincerest appreciation in advance for your willingness to render your services as we look forward to your prompt response to our request.
Ms Li Wei
A lawyer who replied suggesting they find a lawyer in South Korea got this response:
Many thanks for your quite response to our email. It is quite appreciated and commendable. I have gone through your mail, but I must make you to understand that the customer who own us this money is in America and I do not see how we can get a lawyer from our country to prosecute him for not paying us.
We do appreciate your time in reviewing our request and we will do everything possible to ensure a smooth and hitch free business relationship. We are ready to work with you to achieve our goal as the importance of your services cannot be over emphasized.
We understand the importance of retaining your services accordingly and we will provide all necessary documentation and information in that regard. We know you will request for more information and we will not relent in providing you those information as they deem necessary.
There have been cases in the past of clients with delinquent payments and we were incapacitated due to international legal boundaries to exert pressure on such clients or commence litigation in such cases. This normally results in very late payments from customers.
We are of the opinion that once our presence is established in your country via a legal representative, our customer will have no option but comply with payment deadlines to avoid legal action and litigation.
We believe that litigation should be applied as a last resort as we intend to retain our relationship with our customer after payments are made. we do not intend to resort to litigation unless all other options are exhausted, but we will like the comfort of knowing that the option is available and letting our customers know that litigation may be enforced if the option becomes necessary.
We understand the concept of running a conflict check that is why we have decided the case be treated accordingly. Based on this perspective, we are letting you know that our delinquent customer is in Oregon, United States Of America; please present to us your retainer agreement for your services.
On the average delinquent account is estimated at $480,000. (Four Hundred And Eighty Thousand United States Dollars) we assume that these case is within your jurisdiction and regional boundaries will not be an issue for you.
Find our customer for your conflict check:
2120 Woodhaven Court NW
Salem, OR 97304-1842
In anticipation that there is no conflict, I will provide further details on our claims.
It is important that you email me a copy of your standard retainer agreement for my reviewing and signing if you are still willing to represent us.
We thank you for your most sincerely for your time as we look forward to your prompt response.
Ms Li Wei
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