Commercial debt collection scam using the names Andris Georgijs and Hotronic Tools & Chips Company
Date First Reported: September 2016
Primary Name Associated: Andris Georgijs
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported Andris Georgijs of Hotronic Tools & Chips Company looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.
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 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 email received by the lawyers after the initial contact:
From: Andris Georgijs [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 28 September 2016 06:01
Subject: Further Details.
Thank you for your quick response to our email. See further details with regards to our inquiry for your better understanding of the matter. We ordered for some goods from “JB Global Ltd” in August, 2015 and the terms of the sales contract demands us to pay 50% of the total cost of the ordered goods before delivery and the balance after we have received the same goods. However, after we paid the initial deposit, we did not receive any goods as required. The goods ought to be delivered on the 28th of October, 2015. More time was given to them to deliver the goods which they were still unable to meet with. Hence, we requested for a refund.
We have made several efforts to have them refund the initial deposit, but to no avail. We have therefore decided to resort to legal means since there is a legal document (sales agreement) prior to this transaction. Find below details of the supplier for your conflict check.
“JB Global Ltd”
South Marston Industrial Estate
We have suffered so much loss as a result of this failed transaction and we are ready to proceed with litigation if the need should arise. Let us know the best way to approach this issue and we will comply as long as we get results. Furthermore, we have some concerns and would like you to respond in detail in your reply.
Are they any foibles you see in this case?
If litigation is involved, the distance gives us some concern with regards to court appearances. How can this be handled?
How much is your legal fee? Do you charge on hourly basis or contingency?
What should we expect from you? Any guarantees?
Please advise on your assessment of this case. A quick response will be appreciated.
Hotronic Tools & Chips Company,
Shop 1, G/F Tak Lee Court 10 Ko Shan
Road To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
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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.
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