Date First Reported: June 2014

Primary Name Associated: Nathan Laxton

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Nathan Laxton of Assa Abloy Ltdlooking 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.

Here is the initial email sent by the fraudster to the lawyer:

From: Nathan Laxton [email protected]
Date: June 18, 2014 at 7:47:58 AM EDT
Subject: Dear Julianne Gu

Dear Julianne Gu,

Assa Abloy Ltd, is searching for a reputable firm over a collection and Litigation issue with some of our indebted customers within your region. If you are in the position to represent us at the moment kindly advice immediately.

Nathan Laxton
Human Resource Manager
Assa Abloy Limited
Fax: +1-855-365-1010

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.

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