Date First Reported: March 2013

Primary Name Associated: Dave Desmond

Description of Potential Fraud:


A lawyer in Ontario and two in the U.S. have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Dave Desmond of China Textiles 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: Biz
Date: 15 February, 2013 19:20:09 EST
To: lawyer email

Attn:- Learned Counsel,.

China Textiles (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd requires your legal representation for our delinquent customers in your respective market region as we have several outstanding payment from numeruos debtors.Please outline in your reply all official requirements from your end.Call me for more discussion and details of the said delinquent account between 7am-5pm [Uk]mon-fri.


Dave Desmond
Admin Dept.China Textiles (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd
Tel:: +44 704 573 4302
Fax: +44 700 606 5750

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

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