Here's the latest in a long line of scams directed at lawyers. If the admins here don't mind, I'm going to post all the scams that I receive, so that my fellow lawyers don't fall into any of these traps.
I want to inquire if your firm can draft business agreement for sale transactions rather assist us in drafting sale transaction agreement or A referral will be welcome if this is not your area of practice.kindly advice regarding this issue as soon as possible.
Thomas Lim(Chirman Board Of Director)
Choo Chiang Holdings Ltd
10 Woodlands Loop Singapore 738388
Fax: (65)6363 5922
Of course, it came from this email - email@example.com - which is the giveaway. The actual company domain is @ccm.sg. Also, why would a major overseas company contact a solo practitioner to help with an acquisition? And I quoted an exorbitant and excessive fee, which Tommy (or Vladimir, or Boris, or Sergey) never once questioned. Ilya just kept asking for my retainer letter. Today I wrote Leonid back to inform him that the actual Choo Chiang Holdings has this posted on its website and Facebook page:
<< IMPORTANT NOTICE >>
We have noticed that recently some unknown persons have been writing emails using some Fake GMAIL Accounts in the name our company & our Chairman / CEO to communicate with Lawyers' Offices in the USA for Legal Services. These are fake and should be disregarded.
Any clarifications please write to our general email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at +65 6368 5922, or fax us at +65 6363 5922.
CCM Web Admin
Just as an FYI, over the past couple of years, these scams have generally involved sales of dredging equipment. My brother, who is an attorney in Denver, recently got one involving the sale of an 80-foot motorboat from some company in Georgia (probably Georgia in Eastern Europe) to a company in Colorado, which is landlocked. They were not able to provide any explanation of how they would get the boat to Colorado.
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