An Ontario lawyer informed us that his client, who was looking to sell some rural property, was contacted by the purported Samuel Benson (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd in Nigeria about purchasing the land. The lawyer did a Google search of that name and found that others have been contacted by this person about other business ventures (see below), and advised his client not to have any dealings with him.
This is the contact information the seller in Ontario was given:
My Company is Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd
Mr Samuel Benson
Address: 108 Aba road,
This was another email found online by the lawyer:
I am Mr Samuel Benson, the head Hexta Energy & Resources ltd. I am willing to invest the sum amount of $5,800,000 only, with you if you would be honest and sincere to handle the investment and to return back to me a % profit yearly in 5-years period of time.
If yes, then you can get in touch with me via my email.
Mr. Samuel Benson
Hexta Energy & Resources Ltd
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 email@example.com.
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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