Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Ulf Niclasson of Alps Nordic AB looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.
This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Alps Nordic AB is a real company whose name is being used in this fraud and the fraudsters are impersonating Ulf Niclasson.
Note the fraudsters have used a Gmail address for this employee, not a corporate email address.
Here is the initial contact email send by the fraudster to the lawyer:
From: Ulf Niclasson
Date: 16/07/2013 01:58 PM
Subject: Legal Representative
We require your assistant in collection matter, please advise if you can handle the case we shall forward you the detail so you can run a conflict check.
Alps Nordic AB
SE-171 04 SOLNA
Stockholms län Schweden
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.
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