FRAUD ALERT: Legal representation scam attempt from “Anna Styrud”

We have received reports from several lawyers who received the following scam attempt from “Anna Styrud”. The message appears as below:        

From: Anna Styrud [mailto: annatyrudicial @]
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2014 9:40 AM
Subject: INQUIRY

Dear Sir,

We were referred to your firm by American Bar Association. We are inquiring for an Attorney who    specializes in Breach of Contract or Litigation.

Your Sincerely,
Anna Styrud
Chief Financial Officer
Diamyd Medical AB
Kungsgatan 29, SE-111 56
Stockholm, Sweden.

This has been verified as a fraud attempt and can simply be dismissed and deleted.

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