FRAUD ALERT: Collection scam attempt from "Chong-Hang Yip"

We have received numerous reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “Chong-Hang Yip”. The response emails were as follows:

From: Chong Hang Yip hangmetalltd @ gmail. com
Subject: ASSISTANCE
Date: June 11, 2017 at 18:23 AST

Dear Counsel,

We would like to retain your firm to review a proposed transaction contract agreement. For acquisitions or purchase of businesses and creation of contracts for acquisition (merger and general corporate matters, insurance transactions and to perform a broad range of corporate governance and insurance code work and civil litigation/collection.

NOTE: Please do endeavour to send all reply to (hangmetalltd @ gmail. com)

Chong-Hang
Yip Hang Yip Metal Co Ltd
G/F, 166 Wong Ka Wai, Kau Hui, Tuen Mun
New Territories, Hong Kong
hangmetalltd @ gmail. com

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 cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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