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Date First Reported: May 2015

Primary Name Associated: T Hari Sankar

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received emails from the purported “Yati” (or T Hari Sankar, or Yati Dini Hari) looking to retain them with regard to a breach of contract. This is a variant of the basic bad cheque scam in which the aim is to have a counterfeit cheque deposited in the lawyer’s trust account and good money disbursed to the fraudsters. As with business loan frauds where the debtor miraculously agrees to pay up right away, in this scam the ‘customer’ accused of breaching the contract will no doubt also quickly send a (counterfeit) cheque for damages to the lawyers office, and the lawyer will be asked to wire the funds (minus fees and costs) to an offshore account.

Here is an example of the initial contact email:

From: T Hari Sankar 4-Yr B.Tech. Electrical Engg. [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: May-18-15 1:53 AM To: undisclosed-recipients: Subject: RE:

I would like your advice regarding a possible representation on a litigation case concerning a breach of contract/collection matters. I believe that the matter is within your jurisdiction which is why I?m requesting your legal advice.

After a review of your firms profile as well as your experience, I am of the opinion that your are qualified to provide the legal services as requested.

Kindly reply, so I may provide any additional information.

Regards,

Yati

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 protected]

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