FRAUD ALERT: Real estate purchase from “Jun Akira”

Numerous lawyers have received a very legitimate-looking real estate purchase representation request from “Jun Akira”, similar to the following:

Thanks for your mail, i am interested in the purchase of the property at [redacted]. The sellers Website (www. point2homes. com) kindly help me make contact with the seller or agent. Please note that as i am currently on an oil rig in the coast of south asiaas I would call you as soon as I get to shore. I would like to make an offer now not to lose the property to another buyer. However, my contact informations and terms as below;

Home Address:No. 6D, 16F, Zhongho Building, Schenzhen, China, Telephone number: 0086 -5217947990

I would like to close late September

I would like the contract in my name only, i.e Jun Akira

I would like a home inspection and it would not be contingent to the purchase.

I would like an appraisal on the property.

I hope the above information meet you well as I await the offer document to review in accord.

Thanks,
Jun

This has been confirmed as a fraud attempt – any emails to this effect may simply be dismissed and deleted.

As ever, 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.

To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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