Copyright infringement scam using the names Lee Fong and Lee’s Pharmaceutical
Date First Reported: January 2014
Primary Name Associated: Lee Fong
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario firm reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Lee Fong of Lee’s Pharmaceutical with regards to retaining their services to collect on a copyright infringement.
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 party in breach of the agreement (who is also 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:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of lee fong
Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:55 AM
Subject: Copyright Issue
I present to you a case of Copyright Infringement between my company and another business associate who has betrayed my trust for his company and violated our agreed and signed copyright agreement.
I seek a good firm who if retained will be able to handle this issue first of all within the scenario of a demand letter to them towards amicable settlement as agreed or we go to litigations
Let me know of your charges which we are ready to pay and should you give consent to this and ready to take up this case, i shall furnish you with all the relevant documents relating this matter.
Hope to read from you soon.
Lee’s Pharmaceutical (Hong Kong) Limited
No.2 Science Park West Avenue,
Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin,
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