Date First Reported: July 2013

Primary Name Associated: Jesus Hernandez

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario lawyer notified us that she received an email from the purported Jesus Hernandez and Dongguan Sunny Tool & Die Co looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.

This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.

Dongguan Sunny Tool & Die Co may be a real company whose name is being used in this fraud and the fraudsters are impersonating Jesus Hernandez .

Here is the initial contact email send by the fraudster to the lawyer:

From: Jesus Hernandez [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 10:21 PM
Subject: Collection Matter

Dear Attorney,

We require your assistance in a collection matter.

Please advise if you can handle the case. We shall forward you the details
so you can run a conflict check.

Best regards

Jesus Hernandez
Dongguan Sunny Tool & Die Co., Ltd

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected].

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.

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