Business debt collection scam using the name Zhu Yeong
Date First Reported: November 2014
Primary Name Associated: Zhu Yeong
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they received an email from the purported Zhu Yeong looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement.
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 other names associated with it , and our Fraud Fact Sheet for a list the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial contact email sent:
From: Mr. Zhu [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: November-05-14 4:27 AM
Subject: [Bulk] Do you practice debt collection?
Do you practice debt collection?
There is an imbursement in dispute which I would like to use your legal facilities to settle. I have been trying to settle this claim for months now without any success. Consequently, I believe if this person is addressed by a legal person like you, she may be strained to disburse the amount in question.
Let me know if you can. I truly appreciate your kind attention and legal service.
My warmest regards,
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