Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Robert Parkinson

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario lawyer has informed us that he has been contacted by a Robert Parkinson of Mechan Controls PLC, looking to retain his firm for unspecified litigation matters. The email is similar to other business loan and commercial debt collection fraud attempts we have seen, such as one by Albert Liu, wherein the fraudster uses the name and publically available information of a real company but with fake contact information that will direct you to the fraudster.

There is a real Mechan Controls in the UK, but they obviously do not use an AOL account for contact emails.

Here is the email:

From: bob [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 12:18 PM
To: lawyer name
Subject: Mechan Controls PLC

RE: Mechan Controls PLC
Good day ,
I am writing on behalf of Mechan Controls PLC to request your legal representation in matters concerning Mechan Controls PLC and serveral clients of ours in your state.
Mechan Controls PLC is located in the United Kingdom.We design and manufacture non contact safety switches for machine guards,control units and monitoring devices to provide the safeguarding of personnel and machinery. Mechan produced its first electronic safety switch in 1972, since which time, it has developed an enviable reputation as the industry leader. Today, tens of thousands of applications worldwide attest to the outstanding reliability of Mechan safety switch and safety interlock systems.
We would like to establish terms and conditons of your act on behalf of Mechan Controls PLC in North America, and subsequenty disperse the funds as per our instructions.
We are not asking you to make any represntations concerning the outcome of any litigation or investigation.
In order for us to commence this transaction, we require a completed ‘Attorney-Client Contingent Employment Agreement from your office. We are ready to provide you with futher documentation upon request.
we look forward to your prompt response.

Robert Parkinson
Mechan Controls PLC
14 Seddon Place
Stanley Industrial Estate
United Kingdom
[email protected]

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