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Date First Reported: April 2014

Primary Name Associated: Trevor Lees

Description of Potential Fraud:

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An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Trevor Lees of Lynch Motor Company 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.

Here is the initial contact email sent by the fraudster to the lawyer, and subsequent response:

From: Trevor Lees [mailto:trevorlees44@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2014 7:29 AM
To: Reception
Subject: Form submission from: Contact Us

Submitted on Monday, March 31, 2014 – 7:29am Submitted by anonymous user: [199.115.119.132] Submitted values are:

Your name: Trevor Lees
Your email address: trevorlees44@gmail.com
Subject: Litigation matter
Message:
Hello Counsel,

We are inquiring for an Attorney who specializes in Breach of Contract or Litigation. Please kindly advise if you currently taking on new clients so I can send details of the dispute and involving parties.

Best Regards,

Trevor Lees

Replying to the email brought this response:

How are you doing? Due to time difference,i would prefer we communicate via email until we find a convenient time for us to talk on phone. But in the main time,below is the details of the the dispute for your review.

The dispute is with Tesla Motors. They supplied us with electric motors that failed to Meet UK safety standards. The sales agreement states that if any purchase fails to meet safety Standards, we should notify them within 28 days of delivery of the Goods for a full refund or exchange. The agreement also states that the refund or exchange will be processed within 14 days of receipt of the returned goods

We received these goods at our warehouse on the 27th of Sept 2012. The Seller was notified on the 8th of October 2012 that the goods have fail d to meet safety test. The goods was immediately returned back And delivery was confirmed by the seller on the 9th of November 2012. A refund of $1,265,423.60 was due on or before the 22nd of April 2013. Tesla Motors refunded the sum of $359,133.15 February 5th 2013 and made another refund August 19th in the sum of $230,659.33. The balance sum is $675,631.62 but till date we have not received any money for the returned goods.

I have contacted “Deepak Ahuja” (Chief Financial Officer) numerous Times and my last conversation with him he offered to exchange the Goods. An exchange is not acceptable as we no longer stock these Company products for safety reasons.

We request your representation to enable us collect a debt owed to us by Tesla Motors, 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 customer know that litigation may be enforced if the option becomes necessary.

We understand the concept of running a conflict check that is why we are providing our delinquent customer located in your state for your conflict check and to enable you present to us your retainer agreement for your services. This will allow our board of directors decide on the circumstances of the retainer in our next board meeting. Also once we have reviewed your agreement,I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice, so your firm can start working on this case immediately. Attached is the sales agreement between Tesla Motors and Lynch Motors for your review If you require any more details, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Trevor Lees
Managing Director
Lynch Motor Company Ltd
Unit 27 Flightway Business Park
Dunkeswell, Honiton,Devon England EX14 4RJ
Tel: +447087642696 Fax: +448435622204

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