Date First Reported: April 2013

Primary Name Associated: Zhidan Tang

Description of Potential Fraud:


Eight lawyers in the U.S. have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Zhidan Tang of Brone Electric Co 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: Brone Electric Co Ltd [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, April 12, 2013 11:39 PM
Subject: Legal Counsel

Good day Sir/Madame,
I am contacting you regarding a collection issue, please can you help? I will be glad if you can help
me with this issue or if you can give me a referral. Await your response.

Zhidan Tang
Senior Executive Manager,
Brone Electric Co., Ltd
644, Kita-machi, Imadegawa-agaru,
Onmae-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 602-8392
EMAIL: [email protected]

The following two documents were received from the fraudster:



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