Date First Reported: May 2013

Primary Name Associated: Kane Mathews

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario lawyer has notified us that he received an email from the purported Kane Mathews of Wing Fung Manufacturing 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: Kane Mathews [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: May-06-13 12:12 AM
Subject: Lawyer Needed Urgently


My name is Kane Mathews and I am the Head of International Business Development. I am writing to get information on the process of collecting a debt from one of our clients whom we (Wing Fung Manufacturing Company Limited) supplied goods (High Quality Stainless Steel buckles and Wristwatches) worth $67,566 CAD who lives in Canada. I was the one who brought his business to my company and he has been our client for over 4yrs now.

Our office is in China and I came to the US for a project and will be around for the next 4weeks. Just let me know the requirements so I can furnish you with complete details as the client is not saying he won’t pay but he is dragging his feet, once he hears from a lawyer that should speed up the process.

I would prefer to work with a Lawyer who will charge a percentage of the total debt owed rather than paying retainer-ship. My goal is to make sure I get our client to make payment before I return back to Asia as his debt will not be written off but transferred to me based on company policy. Feel Free to give me a call.

Kane Mathews

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