Commercial debt collection scam using the names Emmett McAuley and Convex Contract Manufacturer
Date First Reported: October 2015
Primary Name Associated: Emmett McAuley
Description of Potential Fraud:
Firms in Ontario, Texas and Pennsylvania notified us that they received an email from the purported Emmett McAuley of Convex Contract Manufacturer looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement.
This appears to be 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 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 to the lawyer:
From: Aichi Electric Co Ltd [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 1:24 PM
Subject: Breach Of Contract
Our client has failed to fulfill its contractual obligations. We need an attorney to help us obtain legal recourse. Get back to us if you are experienced in enforcing contract rights on behalf of businesses and obtain damages.
Emmett McAuley, Director
Convex Contract Manufacturer
Unit E7, North City Business Park,
Dublin 11, Ireland.
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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