Real estate bad cheque deposit scam by “Hideki Matsui”

November 30, 2011 By: FraudInfo Category: Fraud warning

Two realtors in the U.S. have advised us that they have been contacted by the purported Hideki Matsui with regards to a real estate bad cheque deposit scam. As with scams under the names Shiukmoda Joji and Jyoung Chung Tu, it appears that this fraud is a set-up for a request to return real estate deal deposit monies paid with a bad cheque. Ontario lawyers should be on the lookout as well. For a full description of how this fraud works and a list of names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

What’s new with this particular fraud is that it uses the name of a famous person (baseball player Hideki Matsui) to attempt to bury any fraud-related Google results among the results related to the real person.

Here is an example of the email:

Hideki Matsui
RE: Property Search
November 18, 2011 7:08:56 PM EST

I will like to offer $489,000 MLS#71287287 / 499,900 because I love the curb appeal of this property, please send me the contract for me to sign and return immediately this will be my retirement home and it will be a cash buy.

1. I will want to close on 30th of December, 2011
2. I want to put contingency on inspection on the contract.

My legal name is Mr. Hideki Matsui 117 Westmore Drive
Etobicoke Ontario Canada M9V 3Y6
and, I will not be in Canada before the closing date to wire the funds to an attorney so I will advise you to send me an attorney information for a check to be drawn to give enough time for check clearance since I won’t be inCanada to wire funds for closing.

Please forward me a purchase contract agreement in docusign format, DocuSign format is an electronic way of signing document, forward it to me via docusign format, their website is http://www.docusign.com/ or any other electronic document I don’t have access to a printer or scanner here therefore I cannot sign and send it back in PDF format I am in a remote area of Japan. Attached is my bank statement.

My Canadian rep will Issue payment in US Funds for the earnest money for the property payable to your attorney, the check will be deliver to your attorney.

I strongly advice that I need an attorney in your state to represent my interest in this transaction, so therefore I would like to deposit all payment with the lawyer.

Please I need the following information from you the attorney information for immediate payment.

Law Firm Name……………………………………………

Law Firm Address…………………………………………….. ..

Law Firm Telephone…………………………………………… …

Lawyer’s Name……………………………………………….. …


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 fraudinfo@lawpro.ca.

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.

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One Response to “Real estate bad cheque deposit scam by “Hideki Matsui””

  1. Patrick Wu says:

    As a rule, do not accept out of town checks from “clients” that you never met. Better yet, open a Google Checkout account and receive payment through Google Checkout. Con artists haven’t yet figured out how to con you through Google Checkout.

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