Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Li Ka-Shing and Qingzhou Yongsheng Dredging Machinery Co
Date First Reported: July 2015
Primary Name Associated: Li Ka-Shing
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Li Ka-Shing of Qingzhou Yongsheng Dredging Machinery Co looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.
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).
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Here is the initial contact email sent to the lawyer:
From: Li Ka-Shing [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: July-20-15 2:57 PM
Subject: PURCHASE AGREEMENT
This mail is to inquire if your law firm can represent my company in a
Purchase / Agreement transaction in your area of practice and
A referral will be appreciated.
Li Ka Shing
President / CEO
Qingzhou Yongsheng Dredging Machinery Co.,Ltd.
Factory Address:4399,Baxi East Road,
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July 27, 2015 at 3:10 am, Susan Macaulay said:
I received a request for legal assistance through a lawyer referral website to which I subscribe that was almost identical to the one shown on your website, right down to the wording. This one was purportedly from “China Dredging Group Co., Ltd.,” a legitimate business located in Fuzhou, China, for the sale of dredging equipment to a major dredging company located in the Chicago area. The purported name of the person representing China Dredging was “Tai Song,” and while his mailing address was in Fuzhou, it wasn’t the address of the actual company. “Mr. Song” also gave me the name and address of his “North American Representative,” a Company called 10th Power Technologies, with a Toronto mailing address, and a contact person named “Donna Jensen.”
Although I went as far as clearing conflicts and drafting an engagement letter, once I got his next email, in which he mentioned wiring money to my firm’s trust account so that I could wire it to him once I had received the seller’s payment, I became suspicious, and starting searching on Google to find out if the company and/or the transaction were legitimate. His used an email address of “[email protected], which struck me as a bit suspicious right from the first, since a company like China Dredging would normally have email addresses that included the company’s name. There were other aspects of his communication that were a bit off as well. When I told him that I had children who I had adopted from China, he told him that I was “blessed” and to “give them a kiss” for him, something a legitimate Chinese businessman would never say to a Westerner.
As soon as I discovered it was a scam, I sent him an email declining the engagement. I haven’t heard from him since.
These guys are seriously sleazy. I hope someone is able to put a stop to them, although I don’t know how that will happen.
March 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm, Matt L said:
I received an email from “[email protected]” as well:
We are in search of a reputable organization/representative’s to partner with our firm to assist in monitoring a project/purchase of a farmland in your region and your services will be fully paid upfront in the course of the assignment.
We sincerely look forward to working with you as you respond to this email swiftly.
Human Resources Manager
CROWN Asia Pacific Holdings Ltd.
10 Hoe Chiang Road #19-01/02
Tel/Fax: +65 6423 9190
The company exists but the email address is from Outlook.com and the content of the email made me suspicious. A quick search brought me here to confirm so I wanted to post as well to help other people researching these scam emails. Thanks!