Date First Reported: November 2011

Primary Name Associated: Tsai Li Hwong

Description of Potential Fraud:


Two Ontario lawyers have been received emails from the purported Tsai Li Hwong with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.

Here is an example of the message:

From: SERVICE IND (HK) LTD [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: November-07-11 6:25 AM
To: lawyer name
Subject: Breach of contract matter

Hello Attorney,

This is a request for your possible representation in a breach of contract
matter.I’m Mr Tsai Li Hwong of SERVICE IND (HK) LTD I like to know if your
schedule will permit you to handle a case of breach contract between us and
a customer in the Canada which I suppose is your jurisdiction. If there are
processes new clients are meant to go through before a case is accepted
please advice, or if you accept case base on referral I would want to know

It is important we hear from you as soon as possible so we can decide on
what to do. If you have any questions or concern do not hesitate to contact

Yours Truly,
Mr Hwong

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 [email protected]

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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