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Crane purchase scam attempt from “Massimo Marchetti”

The following scam attempt email has been received by numerous Nova Scotia lawyers with regard to a supposed construction crane purchase. It is accompanied by bogus electronic supporting documents, including a Guarantor form and identification:

From: Massimo Marchetti []
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 12:58 PM
Subject: Re:

A buyer who resides in the Canada have requested to buy one of our Marchetti MTK 1006 Truck mounted crane product, I would need your legal expertise to guide me through this process, by helping me draft a complete package of your Purchase and sale agreements for this transaction,the proposed buyer name and location is [redacted crane company in Trenton, NS] for your record and conflict check.

The scope of your engagement would be to draft and execute a standard Purchase & Sale agreement that would protect all parties involved. I would like a few terms to be included in the standard contract that you would prepare, as this has been verbally discussed with the buyer and mutually agreed upon. The buyer will be represented by their broker. Existing terms are that buyer will make initial deposit that would cover attorney legal fees as soon as the legal agreement is executed. The initial deposit will not be less than 23% of total amount which is mandatory. It must be received within 5 business days before signing contract to show commitment.another 17% will be paid on Confirmation of shipment held in trust pending the arrival of equipment to destination area.and the Full Balance is expected after the arrival of equipment to destination area. Primary inspection has been carried out and was satisfactory, Secondary inspection is pending. Buyers’ broker will also provide an LOI with details of the transaction at the time of initial deposit.

The total expenditure is one million Nine hundred seventy thousand and eight hundred dollars  (1,970,800.00 USD), please advice your estimated standard fees for contract preparations and kindly have it forwarded to my attention for my reviewer and signing.Attached are some required technical details of the truck for your review,kindly Schedule a time between 10am-12 noon next week to discuss details if necessary.

Yours Sincerely,
Massimo Marchetti

Consigliere Delegato
indirizzo aziendale: 49, str. Caorsana, Piacenza 29100 
Numero Di Telefono:            +39 3512 29 6361
Numero Di Telefono Diretto:  +39 0523-158-0015
numero Di fax:                     +39 085 206 1403

This has been confirmed as a scam attempt – any communication from these individuals should 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. Overall, where possible in transactions, use the Bank of Canada’s Lynx system (formerly 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.