Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Zakuro Xenah-Ukita and Zhung Hua Construction Corporation
Date First Reported: October 2015
Primary Name Associated: Zakuro Xenah-Ukita
Description of Potential Fraud:
Four U.S. firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Zakuro Xenah-Ukita of Zhung Hua Construction Corporation 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).
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Here is the email received by the lawyer:
From: Zhung Hua Construction Corporation Ltd [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:27 AM
Subject: Attorney Required
Zakuro Xenah-Ukita is my name, Executive Vice President/ Head of Sales of Zhung Hua Construction Corporation Ltd. I am contact you after long internet search for very good attorney who can represent our company in sell equipment business with client in your state because our Hong Kong lawyer cannot work in the USA (We are seller; client is buyer). Please advise if your firm do sales /purchase transactions and agreement.
A referring from you will be greatly thanked if this is not your area of practice.
Due to language blockage and time difference, communication via e-mail will be most best for us at this time.
Zakuro Xenah- Ukita
Executive Vice President/ Sales Head
Zhung Hua Construction Corporation Ltd
19/F, China Harbour Building,
370-374 King’s Road, North Point,
Tel : +852 2887 8322
Fax : +852 2512 4270
E-mail: [email protected]
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