Commercial debt collection scam by Niu Zhiming of Xiware Technologies
Date First Reported: April 2013
Primary Name Associated: Niu Zhiming
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario lawyer notified us that they have received an email from the purported Niu Zhiming of Xiware Technologies 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: Xiware Technologies Ltd [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:46 PM
Subject: We require your legal services
The management of Xiware technologies Ltd requires your legal
representation for our European and North and south American
We realize that a reputable attorney is required to represent us in
our bid to secure payments on overdue accounts. In order to achieve
this objective, we understand that a proper Attorney/Client Agreement
must be entered into by both parties.
This will be done immediately we receive your letter of acceptance. We
will rely on you to advice us on the requirements for a proper letter
of engagement to be reviewed by our Board of Directors. It is our
intention to commence legal proceedings against these delinquent
customers as soon as practicable.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Head of Accounts
Xiware Technologies Ltd
2/F, No. 11 Futing Indstrial Park Zhu Village,
Guanlan Street Baoan District
Shenzhen Guangdong China 518110
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