Date First Reported: May 2013

Primary Name Associated: C.Y. Lin

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario lawyer has notified us that he received an email from the purported C.Y. Lin of China Steel Corporation 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 the initial email:

From: China Steel Corporation [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: May-04-13 5:50 AM
Subject: [Bulk] Represent Our Company In Your Region


My Name is C.Y Lin. I am the Vice President of China Steel Corporation (Finance Division). We are in need of Reputable Company or Individual in North American region that can help our company handle its debt collection in North America States.

Requirement (Contact Information):

1. Full Names:
2. Company Name: (If Any)
3. Full Contact Address:
4. Tel and Fax Numbers:

If interested, please get back to us immediately via [email protected] or [email protected] for more details.

Contact Person: C.Y Lin
Vice President
Finance Division
China Steel Corporation
Tel: +81-364-339-584
E-mail: [email protected]
[email protected]

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

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