Breach of IP agreement scam using the names Huan Heng and Huanteng Group
Date First Reported: February 2017
Primary Name Associated: Huan Heng
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two New York firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Huan Heng of Huanteng Group looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a copyright agreement.
This appears to be a bad cheque scam (likely impersonating a real company) 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 message received by the lawyers:
We have Intellectual Property agreement matter, Please advise if you are interested. we shall forward you the agreement for your review and the other party information for your understanding. Best Regard. Huan Heng (Chairman Board Of Director) Huanteng Group(HK)Limited 6/F, Liven House, 63 King Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Email: [email protected] Tel: (852) 376-0288 Fax: (852) 2341 8144
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What can you do to help put a stop to the fraud attempt?
You can simply stop replying to the fraudster’s emails or inform them that you suspect fraud and will not act on the matter. You can report the fraudsters’ email addresses to the email hosting company. If you have a fraudulent cheque you can destroy it or send it to the fraud department of the financial institution it is drawn upon. In Canada, you can report the fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.
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April 27, 2017 at 1:58 pm, Arie Lipinski said:
I received the following email from [email protected]:
I am Thomas Lim CEO (Choo Chiang Holdings Ltd)We i have Intellectual Property agreement matter. Please advise if you are interested we shall forward you the agreement for your review and the others party information for your conflict check.
Thomas Lim(Chirman Board Of Director)
Choo Chiang Holdings Ltd
10 Woodlands Loop Singapore 738388
Fax: (65)6363 5922
June 01, 2017 at 1:53 pm, JG said:
I also received an email from Huan Ten of Huanten Group requesting an asset purchase agreement. Email was from [email protected], later it was from [email protected] I requested some additional information after the first respond and the further communication seemed very specious. I ended communications. I want to make everyone aware.
June 28, 2017 at 11:10 am, R. Albrecht said:
I received the following Phishing attempt on January 24, 2017 to my AVVO account:
We have Intellectual Property agreement matter, Please advise if you are
interested. we shall forward you the agreement for your review and the
other party information for your understanding.
Huan Heng (Chairman Board Of Director)
6/F, Liven House, 63 King Yip Street,
Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (852) 376-0288
Fax: (852) 2341 8144