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Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Fraud Alert: Potential Fraud Email Solicitations Circulating
Calgary Legal Guidance 40th Anniversary Dinner

Fraud Alert: Potential Fraud Email Solicitations Circulating

In the first half of January 2012, the Law Society of Alberta has been notified by Alberta lawyers of several different potential fraud email scams circulating among firms.

One purportedly comes from a Kiyoshi Yukoi or Nan Zhang with NPI Lease Company. The email solicitation is:

  • A request of services regarding a breach of lease of equipment that purportedly was incurred by an overseas company involving a Canadian customer. The email notes that NPI “secured the equipment required by them and leased it to them for an agreed period of time, but they have since fallen short of the executed agreement put in place.”

In another situation, a lawyer noted that:

  • “our firm received an email from a potential client approximately one month ago requesting assistance to enforce a family law agreement she had reached with her ex-husband. The client advised that the agreement was made in Saskatchewan with Sask. lawyers, but that the husband had moved to Alberta so, she need Alberta counsel to contact the husband. We requested several items and we received a Sask.driver's license and a copy of the agreement. Before reviewing the documents, we received a payment (CIBC cheque) in the sum of $140,000.00 from the husband for the money he owed. (The cheque was deposited by our firm but has not cleared and I suspect it will not). When I attempted to contact the Sask. lawyers who drafted the Agreement it became evident that the "lawyers" were not lawyers. I then googled the lawyers' names and it became evident that the same scam had been attempted in Saskatchewan and Ontario.”

Another lawyer reported to the Law Society that he had:

  • “been contacted by a Mr. Dan Nagasaki, the alleged CEO of CCP Group International of Japan, regarding an intellectual property matter. We did not perform any work for Mr. Nagasaki, as the matter was regarding an alleged contract with an Ontario based company. We have since discovered that this particular individual is part of an email scam as reported on”

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Calgary Legal Guidance 40th Anniversary Dinner

Calgary Legal Guidance invites lawyers to join them in celebrating their 40th anniversary at a dinner to be held February 23, 2012 at the Hotel Arts in Calgary. Tickets to the fundraising dinner can be ordered at  


Law Society of Alberta

Funeral Mass for Douglas G. Stokes, QC

A funeral mass will be held Saturday, January 28, 2012 for Douglas G. Stokes, QC, a volunteer with the Law Society of Alberta.

The Law Society joins the legal profession in expressing its sincere condolences to the family of Douglas Stokes. The Law Society was deeply saddened to hear of his untimely death on January 22, 2012 in Calgary.

Douglas Stokes served as a volunteer on the Claims and Insurance Committees since 2003 and the new Trust Safety Committee from 2011 to 2012. Called to the Bar on July 30, 1982, he practiced law for nearly 30 years. After receiving his Bachelor of Science and law degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, he articled with Macleod Dixon. He began his career at Fenerty Robertson Fraser and Hatch (now Fraser Milner Casgrain). Over the years, he practiced with Miles Davison LLP, Rooney Prentice, Fraser Milner and lastly back at Miles Davison.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 219-18th Avenue SW, Calgary on Saturday January 28, 2012. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery.


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