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Date First Reported: October 2015

Primary Name Associated: Markku Kajosaari

Description of Potential Fraud:

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A Washington state firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Markku Kajosaari of Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.

This appears to be a 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 purchaser (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 email received by the lawyer:

From: Markku Kajosaari drothsch@williams.edu
Date: Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 5:13 AM
Subject: Your firm service is needed
To: mjohnson@mejlaw.com

Hi,

I have a buyer from your state, i would like to know if your law firm
handle purchase and sales transaction. I represent Wasa Dredging
Marine Construction firm and we need an attorney to assist us in
drafting a purchase and Sales agreement with a buyer in your area.

Are you able to take this matter? If not, a referral will be appreciated.

Regards,

Markku Kajosaari
Senior Vice President Sales
Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Inc.
Laivakatu 1
00150 Helsinki, Finland

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 fraudinfo@lawpro.ca

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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