Breach of IP agreement scam using the name Kim Young-Jin and Bosung Electronics
Date First Reported: June 2016
Primary Name Associated: Kim Young-Jin
Description of Potential Fraud:
Firms in New York and California notified us that they received an email from the purported Kim Young-Jin of Bosung Electronics looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a copyright infection.
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 debtor (who is part of the fraud).
See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and other names associated with it , and our Fraud Fact Sheet for a list the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial contact email sent to the lawyer:
From: Kim Young [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 03, 2016 5:20 PM
Subject: Intellectual Property Law
We are having Intellectual Property case at hand. Kindly reach us for details if this is your area of expertise with the email contact below.
Thank you for your understandings.
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thanks for your mail, below is the other party information who has not settle the payment of $650,000.00
according to the termination term in the intellectual property agreement we both have signed, we have also
attached the agreement for your review run conflict check.
The opposing party information:
W. W. Grainger
5900 Rodeo Rd,
Los Angeles, CA 90016
We have explored all avenues to resolve this issue amicably, unfortunately we have not progressed as expected
Please forward us your Retainer Agreement once you are clear with conflict check.
We are looking forward to working with you on this matter, have a nice day.
Mr.Kim Young-Jin, Managing Director
BO Sung Electronics Co. Ltd.
6, JUNGANG-DAERO 260 BEON-GIL, DONG-GU,BUSAN, KOREA
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What can you do to help put a stop to the fraud attempt?
You can simply stop replying to the fraudster’s emails or inform them that you suspect fraud and will not act on the matter. You can report the fraudsters’ email addresses to the email hosting company. If you have a fraudulent cheque you can destroy it or send it to the fraud department of the financial institution it is drawn upon. In Canada, you can report the fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
We are often asked if it is worthwhile to report the fraud attempt to the police in the hopes of helping catch the fraudsters. You can certainly report the fraud to your local or federal law enforcement agencies, but unfortunately it is often difficult, expensive and time consuming for them to attempt to shut down these online fraud perpetrators (though there are some successes).
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Fraud Fact Sheet
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