Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Tai Song and China Dredging Group
Date First Reported: October 2015
Primary Name Associated: Tai Song
Description of Potential Fraud:
A California firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Tai Song of China Dredging Group 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).
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Here is the email received by the lawyer:
On Tuesday, 20 October 2015, China Dredging Group Co. Ltd. [email protected] wrote:
Could you please confirm if your area of practice has to do with purchase and sales agreements drafting or Better-still can you prepare a contractual business agreement letter between two parties?
If not a referral will be appreciated.
China Dredging Group Co., Ltd.
FI. 18 Tower A. Zhongshan Bldg. No 154
Fuzhou, Fujian, 350001 China
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