Commercial debt collection scam using the names Rong Zhong and Hentek Electronics
Date First Reported: October 2015
Primary Name Associated: Rong Zhong
Description of Potential Fraud:
A Texas firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Rong Zhong of Hentek Electronics looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.
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 purchaser (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:
Dear Counsel, I want to inquire if your firm handles purchase transactions and agreements rather help us to draft a purchase agreement or A referral will be welcome if this is not your area of practice. Kindly advise regarding this issue as soon as possible. Yours Sincerely, Rong Zhong.
Mr. rong zhong’s contact information:
Email: [email protected] (preferred)
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thanks for your response, Our customer the target company is
Priority Packaging, Inc.
13650 TI BLVD, Suite 202
Dallas, TX 75243
We would like to know if you have conflict that will prevent you from representing our firm,
Please see attached Letter of Intent for your review and I await your retainer agreement as soon as possible.
Mr. Rong Zhong(President)
Hentek Electronics Co. Ltd
Unit I, Flat F1, 12/F,
Phase 1, Hang Fung
Industrial Building, 2G
Hok Yuen Street, Hunghom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
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