Date First Reported: July 2015

Primary Name Associated: Aynslee Smith

Description of Potential Fraud:


A Virginia firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Aynslee Smith of Zenbi Co looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.

This is a 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 purchaser (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 contact email sent to the lawyer:

  • From: Aynslee Alexander Smith (asmith29) [email protected]
    To: Zenbicompany [email protected]
    Sent: Mon, Jul 20, 2015 9:42 am
    Subject: Contract Case:

    I wish to file a Breach of Contract action against our client for failure to fulfill his contractual obligations. Please advise if you handle such case.

    Aynslee Alexander Smith
    for Zenbi Co. Ltd

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