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Names to watch out for (updated 11 January 2012)

Email scammers use a variety of names and identities as they attempt to defraud their targets. Some names appear to be used because the scammer has falsified or stolen identity documents. Names are also quickly changed if information is circulated about the scam.

A good quick check for any name is to google it and add the word “scam” – eg, “alice wood scam”.

The following list of names is provided for quick reference if you receive an email which you think might be fraudulent. The list has been compiled from reports received. It is very important to note that most (if not all) of the names may belong to a completely innocent individual whose identity is being used by the scammers. If you receive an email which is purportedly from one of the names below, you should also check the content of the message to see if it contains similar elements to commonly used email scams. Scammers have relatively little imagination and when targeting lawyers they use one of about half a dozen scams.

Name

Scam associated with

Alice Wood

Legal representation

Angela Zhang

Trademark ownership

Anthony J Earl

New Zealand house purchase

Brenda Blumenkrantz

Collaborative Law Agreement

Brett Abraham

Litigation of a loan

Crystal Masaru

Collaborative Law Agreement

David Yap Chung

Legal representation

Donna Lynn Chipman

Collaborative Law Agreement

Elizabeth Yamashita

Loan agreement and promissory note

Emmanuel Wilson

New Zealand house purchase

Eric Muller

Litigation of a loan

Hak Wah Lau

Legal representation

Henriet M Kazuo

Collaborative Law Agreement

Isabella Minoru

Collaborative Law Agreement

James Cole

New Zealand house purchase

James Gilliard

Breach of loan agreement

John Becker

New Zealand house purchase

Joseph Gasper

New Zealand house purchase

Kazuo Miyoko

Collaborative Law Agreement

Kiyoshi Yukio

Breach of lease

Lynda W Cheng

Collaborative Law Agreement

Marybeth Fordam

Loan agreement and promissory note

Maxwell Logan

Legal representation

Michel Susan Patrick

Collaborative Law Agreement

Mike Garry

New Zealand house purchase

Nan Yhang

Breach of lease

NPI Lease Company Ltd

Breach of lease

Peters Anderson

New Zealand house purchase

Rod Aquino

AMINZ referral

Rupert Murdoch

Business loan

Sanitra Mary Jacob

Loan agreement and promissory note

Sara Mary Berkley (Ms)

Husband acting strangely

Sara Mary Chandis (Mrs)

Husband acting strangely

Sheila Shquingzhou

New Zealand house purchase

Stafford S Mark

Loan agreement and promissory note

Steve Maughan

New Zealand house purchase

Zaira Hoshiko

Collaborative Law Agreement

 

Features of commonly used scams which target lawyers

AMINZ referral

Sent to AMINZ members and seeks assistance in collecting a debt. Further information here.

Breach of lease

Seeks assistance for breach of lease of equipment “but they have since fallen short of the executed agreement”. Further information here.

Business loan

Seeks assistance in recovering unpaid portion of a loan made to a business or person living in “your jurisdiction”. Futher information here.

Collaborative Law Agreement

Seeks assistance in recovering a matrimonial settlement which is documented by a collaborative law agreement. Further information here.

Husband acting strangely

Seeks assistance in enforcing an agreement to pay alimony. Further information here.

Legal representation

Seeking a lawyer to represent a company doing business (usually) in North America. Further information here.

Litigation of a loan

Wants legal assistance in possible litigation over a loan. Further information here.

Loan agreement and promissory note

Seeks legal assistance in chasing repayment of a well-documented loan. Further information here.

New Zealand house purchase

Seeks assistance with purchase and payment for a house in New Zealand. Further information here.

Trademark ownership

Sent to companies (not lawyers) and issues threats about use and registration of domain names. Further information here.

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Last updated on the 11th May 2012