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Dredger purchase scam attempt from "Ken Yoshiro of Kombaa"

The following scam attempt email has been received by numerous Nova Scotia lawyers with regard to a dredger purchase. The following is the initial email response that lawyers have received:

From: KOMBAA GROUP [mailto:kombaacoltd@aol.com]
Sent: September-23-15 9:37 AM
Subject: Hello [redacted] (Regarding Purchase Transactions and Agreement)

Good Day

Thank you for your email response, My company is in the process of selling one of its Dredgers. Please find below the name of the proposed buyer for your conflict check. I want to know your fee for preparing a purchase agreement.I'd like a telephone conversation but for the time difference between us ,it is difficult to know a convenient time to place a call to your office,but will check my email often for your letter.

PROPOSED BUYER:

[redacted environmental services company] Dartmouth
Halifax, NS B3B 1Z4 Canada

Find attached the Dredger information and the Term Sheet between us for your review. Please note: You are not to contact the proposed buyer unless you are advice to. We intend to retain your firm, so please prepare and send a formal Retainer Fee Agreement in your return email for our review and signature so you can proceed with the Agreement Drafting.

Regards
Mr. Ken Yoshiro (VP)
Kombaa Dredging Equipment
Chome-18-4 Yoshinocho
Kita Ward, Saitama,Japan

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