FRAUD ALERT: Business transaction scam attempt from "Zhi-Yuan Hu / Chu Kong Group"

LIANS has received several reports of the following scam attempt from “Zhi-Yuan Hu”:

From: Chu Kong Group Shipyard Co Ltd [mailto: teste @ gs. com. br]
Sent: December 23, 2014 5:16 PM
Subject: Dear Counsel

Dear Counsel,

This letter is to inquire if your law firm handles Purchase transactions and agreements in your area.
A referral will be welcome if this is not your area of practice or Jurisdiction

Sincerely,
Zhi-Yuan Hu
Director
Chu Kong Group Shipyard Co Ltd
93 Hing Wah Street West
2/F Chu Kong Group Shipyard Building
Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon , Hong Kong.

As this had 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 cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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