FRAUD ALERT: Copyright infringement scam from "Cheng Chan"

Confirmed email scam attempts purportedly from "Cheng Chan" have been circulating – one of the reported examples is below:

From: Chan Cheng <chancheng597 @ yahoo. com .hk>
Date: Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 7:48 AM
Subject: Copyright Infringement Case
Dear Counsel,

Please do you handle Copyright Infringement Case we need a good lawyer to handle this matter urgently.

If your firm is retained, our expectation of your services for now will be within the scenario of a Demand Letter to our client. This approach will trigger the much needed response from our client towards amicable settlement. We are prepared to pay your retainer fees and we will also send you other important and sensitive documents.

Expecting your urgent reply.

Regards,

Cheng Chan.

Although details in the email may vary slightly, the scam process is consistent with commonly seen fraud attempts. 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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