Scam Alerts

2012

February 20, 2012
New Scam Involving Canadian Contact Reported By CLLA Member
A CLLA member has informed us of a new e-mail scam involving a debtor named Eric Madison or Eric Madison Muller and Gary Hossa from Canada.

Via e-mail, Hossa has contacted firms about a $288,000.00 debt, saying $80,000 has already been paid. The address listed at the bottom of the e-mail our member received was 115 George St., Oakville, ONL6J 3B8, with a 289-888-1869 phone number. E-mail addresses that other agencies have reported the scammer may be using include garyhassa70@gmail.com or saddiehs@aol.com.

The e-mail and debt appears to be more legitimate than many scams; in some cases, firms report exchanging several e-mails with the individual and the debtor. The e-mails are well-written and do not, at first glance, appear to be indicative of a scam.

However, a Google search will turn up several reports of this case being a scam. According to the South Carolina Bar, after Hossa sends documents, a retained will likely be forwarded–but will also likely have insufficient funds. Because the trust account banking information may be returned on the back of the negotiated retainer check, the scammer could potentially try to raid the trust account.

For more information on individuals and firms who have been contacted by the alleged scammer, click here.

 

2011

June 13, 2011
Important Information Regarding Trust Account Fraud
The Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation received specific information regarding a trust account scam operating out of Canada. The fraud involves purported collection on a promissory note and involves both the lender and the debtor. The “client” is seeking the assistance of the lawyer in collecting on the promissory note. Shortly after making a demand for payment, the lawyer receives cashier’s checks drawn on an Ohio bank. The checks total $80,000. The “client” expects the lawyer to run the checks through the lawyer’s trust account and then forward the funds to the “client.” The cashier’s checks pass the typical fraud detection safeguards and appear legitimate. A slight spelling error is the only indication of fraud. All Colorado lawyers should be wary of any similar scheme. If you are the recipient of telephone calls or emails seeking legal assistance in matters similar to the above facts, you should take all necessary precautions to verify the negotiability of the checks. Please contact your office of attorney regulation and law enforcement with any information related to this scheme.

Office of Attorney Regulation
Colorado Supreme Court
1560 Broadway, Suite 1800
Denver Colorado 80202
United States
(303) 866-6400

April 18, 2011
Counterfeit Check Scam
Scammer makes contact by email, claiming to be a credit/finance manager in a Chinese auto body parts manufacturing company with extensive past due receivables in the US;

This scammer is persistent and sends more than one email. The company is legitimate and responds to the email. Scammer negotiates an hourly fee arrangement, signs and returns a fee agreement requiring a deposit against fees and costs of $15k (the scam could easily have a variation without the fee deposit);

Scammer claims that wiring “only” $15k out of China is too much hassle and takes too long, and is a major paperwork headache, and proposes to have a US based “customer” of theirs pay them by paying the fees/costs deposit, and asks to be notified when their check is received so their A/R for the customer may be properly credited;

Check arrives about 10 days later from “customer”, which is a legitimate Long Island, NY auto body parts wholesaler, but the envelope is a plain white envelope mailed from Canada with a postage stamp. Inquiry reveals this “customer” has no operations or offices in Canada. Further, the check is for $264,000 USD, and was accompanied by an “invoice” copy showing the “customer” was paying for electronic components, not auto body parts. Finally, the check was an HSBC bank check, and inquiry to HSBC before depositing the check determined it had an account number which is not one used by HSBC and was a counterfeit bank check, according to HSBC.

The scam attempt is concluded a day later when the attorney receives an email from the “client” asking that I immediately remit most of the difference between the $264k check and the agreed upon $15k fee/costs deposit. If this occurs, the Client Trust Account would be wiped out when the counterfeit HSBC check was refused by HSBC, leaving the firm liable for the missing funds.

2010

October 18, 2010
Scam Alert – Email From “Raymond Cole”
A recent scam email has been sent from a purported Raymond Cole out of the United Kingdom. His email is raymondcoleprivate@hotmail.com. He claims he has a $410,000.00 debt in the recipient’s city and/or state, and requests the recipient to to send a retainer and engagement letter. He claims to be ready to pay costs and will send a copy of the promissory note.

June 07, 2010
New Twist on Counterfeit Check Schemes Targeting U.S. Law Firms
The FBI branch in Dallas, TX, issued this report.

March 22, 2010
Scam Alert from Haoji Stamping Tool & Die Co., Ltd.
Emails have been circulating from an individual claiming to be associated with Haoji Stamping Tool & Die Co., Ltd. The email says: “We are now seeking advice and possible epresentation in litigation against the non-paying companies in your state. “

Please be advised that this email is a scam and does not come from Haoji or any person associated with Haoji. We recommend that you delete this email and regret any inconvenience it may have caused.Thank you for your understanding.

March 22, 2010
Scam Alert – Paul Chan
The following email is a sample of a scam using Paul Chan’s name:

From: “Paul Chan” <mrpaulchanhk@gmail.com>
To: <undisclosed-recipients:>
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 11:30 AM
Subject: Inquiry

> Hello,
>
> My name is Paul Chan, I am a business owner and a Real estate investor
> from Hong Kong. I am seeking the services of a Attorney to represent/guide
> me in acquiring investment properties in the U.S.A.
>
> After a careful review of your profile Online, I am of the opinion that
> you are capable to assist and represent me in the U.S.A for my real estate
> investment.
>
> Please accept my sincere appreciation in advance for your willingness to
> render your services as I look forward to your prompt response to my
> request.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Mr Paul M.P. Chan
> Chairman & CEO
> PCP CPA Ltd
> Address:Suites 2205-6 Island Place Tower
> 510 King’s Rd North Point
> Hong Kong
> Mobile:(852) 8170 2904
> Tel:(852) 2882 8378
> Fax:(852) 2881 8766
> Website:www.pcp.com.hk

March 15, 2010
Scam Alert – From the Shuanglin Group

From: Shuanglin Group [mailto:shuanglin-hk-hk4@hotmail.com]
Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 8:15 AM
To: (recipient)
Cc: sales@shuangliin.com
Subject: [SPAM]: Your silence is not good on health ground‏

Attn: Attorney
Please note that your refusal to acknowledge the receipt of our last e-mail in respect of the pending collection service through your law firm is not good enough for health purpose, as many businessmen are Hypertensive patients. Our doctor here has warned us that persistent hypertension is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure and arterial aneurysm, and is a leading cause of chronic renal failure.

As a result, we would be grateful if you could ‏confirm as soon as possible that you have declined our service‏ thereby enabling us to seek for the service of their reputable law firm in this jurisdiction.

Essentially, we need to admit that the global economic recession has made exporters to face falling demand, reduced trade and business activity; which are why we would be glad to recover the debt payment of US$820,000 from the debtor, Beograd Machine & Tools Co. Ltd concluded through our appointed legal representative without delay.

Your kind response will be appreciated.

Thank you and best regards,

Mr Lean Jin Leong
CEO: Shuangliin Group Incorporation,
Hong Kong
E-mail: info@shuangliin.com
Private Email: leanjleong@yahoo.com.hk
Website: www.shuangliin.com
Tel: +852-3693-1401
Fax: +852-3010-1277