FRAUD ALERT: Large construction machine purchase scams

Numerous lawyers continue to receive emails from various potential “clients” requesting representation to purchase large construction equipment (e.g., dredgers, cranes, drilling rigs, etc.). For example:

From: frank moss < mossfrank 0010 @ gmail. com >
Date: March 22, 2017 at 1:20:18 PM MDT
Subject: Request For Escrow Service

Dear Sir, 

I am purchasing a used construction equipment (Crane) in your country,Canada
and the purchase agreement requires escrow services, I want to know if
you can provide the closing and escrow services for this purchase. 

Let me know if this is within your service capacity so that I can
email a copy of the  escrow instruction for your review. 

If you cannot provide this, Please I will appreciate if you can
recommend who does it.

Thank you while I await your response,

Mr Frank Moss
3830 South 66th St
Omaha, NE 68106

Emails are sometimes accompanied by bogus electronic supporting documents, such as a Guarantor form and personal IDs. These have been confirmed as scam 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, visit the Fraud section on, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at or 902 423 1300, x346.