Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Jeffrey Morgan and SBM Offshore Drilling
Date First Reported: September 2015
Primary Name Associated: Jeffrey Morgan
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Jeffrey Morgan of SBM Offshore Drilling looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.
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 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 email sent to the lawyer :
From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: August 18, 2015 2:34 AM
Subject: Re: Inquiry
I want to inquire if your firm handles Purchase transactions and agreements. If you specialize in this field, kindly send me your contact number and time of availability so we can discuss further.
Replying to the email brought this response:
I am in the process of negotiating a sale of my drilling rig to a company in your province and both parties have agreed for the seller (me) to provide a lawyer who can draft a purchase agreement in regulation with the province laws of the buyer, I will also need you to monitor the transaction.
Find below the buyer’s information for your conflict check. What will be your hourly rate for preparing such documents? I attached some information of the rig for your review. I would appreciate if you schedule a telephone conference for Monday so we can discuss further about this. If you will not be available,send your retainer agreement for review. We can schedule to discuss at a further date. I await your response.
Kenartha Oil & Gas Company
Robert Chase 44 Victoria St.,
Suite 1701 Toronto,
Ontario. M5C 1Y2
Address: 1901 Central Drive, Bedford, TX 76021
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