Commercial debt collection scam by Harris Kazuko
Date First Reported: August 2011
Primary Name Associated: Harris Kazuko
Description of Potential Fraud:
Seven lawyers in Ontario have notified us that they’ve received email from the purported Harris Kazuko indicating that he needs a lawyer to handle a commercial collection matter. This is similar to other commercial debt collection scams we have seen. The full list of names attached to this fraud can be found on our Confirmed Fraud page. For more details of how the fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the message:
From: Harris Kazuko
Date: August 11, 2011 12:46:47 AM EDT
To: Lawyer Name
Subject: Greetings Counsel
Reply-To: [email protected]
I am contacting you in regards to a breach of business loan agreement with a client in your locality. I provided a loan to the company so that they can meet up with their management and operational obligation during the rough economic climate of last year. I provided the company with an emergency loan of $386,000 with a term of 24 months and fixed interest rate of 6.0%. The repayment period has since elapsed but the company has been unable to finalize the repayment of the loan and have only paid $85,000.00 till date. Let me know if this falls under the scope of your practice so that I can provide you with more information on this matter.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected]
If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.
If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.
For more immediate updates on fraud and claims prevention, subscribe to the email or RSS feed updates from LAWPRO’s AvoidAClaim blog.
Fraud Fact SheetMore fraud prevention information and resources are available on the practicePRO Fraud page, including the Fraud Fact Sheet, a handy reference for lawyers and law firm staff that describes the common frauds and the red flags that can help identify them.