FRAUD ALERT: Intellectual property contract scam attempt from "David Kung"
We have received several reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “David Kung”. The initial message is as follows:
From: David Kung [mailto: david.kung @ chiayoelectronics .com]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 01:14 PM
Subject: IP LITIGATION
We have an breach of Intellectual Property agreement in your jurisdiction. Please advise us on your standard retainer fee so that we can forward you the agreement for your review and run a conflict check.
Please kindly direct your reply to my personal email below for more information regarding this matter
Thank you for your understandings
David Teh Wei Kung Predient
Chiayo Electronics Co., Ltd
30, Lane 27, Section 4, Jen-Ai Road
Taipei 10685, Taiwan
Email: david. kungpresidentchiayo @ gmail. com
http:// www. chiayo. com. tw/
This has been confirmed as a scam attempt – any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.
Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.
Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them. Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.
For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on lians.ca. To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at email@example.com or 902 423 1300, x346.