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Breach of lease agreement scam by Nan Zhang of NPI Lease Company Limited

January 06, 2012 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

Over 130 lawyers have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Nan Zhang of NPI Lease Company with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of a lease agreement. It is nearly identical to the Kiyoshi Yukio emails lawyers across Canada also received today.

This is another bad cheque fraud in which the ‘customer’ accused of breaching the lease agreement will no doubt also quickly send a (counterfeit) cheque for damages to the lawyers office, and the lawyer will be asked to wire the funds (minus fees and costs) to an offshore account. See our Fraud Fact Sheet for more information on how these scams work and how to spot them.

Here is an example of the initial contact email:
From: Nan Zhang [mailto:admin@shojilease.com]
Sent: January 6, 2012 3:18 PM
To: lawyer name
Subject: re: lease matter

Sir,

We sent this correspondence earlier. We are a consolidated subsidiary of
Shoji Equipment Leasing Company Ltd. We ask of your Services regarding a
breach of lease, that was duly guaranteed, involving us, and a customer
of ours in your province. We secured equipment requested by them and
leased it to them for an agreed period of time, but they have since
fallen short of the executed agreement we have in place.

We look forward to a response from you, so that we can provide you with
more information. We will appreciate your helping us with our request
regarding this matter.

Regards,
Nan Zhang

Executive Director, Finance & Accounts
NPI Lease Company Limited
MITSUZAWA MINAMICHO 22-26-202
KANAGAWA – KU, Yokohama
Tel: 81-45-225-2321
Fax: 81-45-225-2322

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.

If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.

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9 Responses to “Breach of lease agreement scam by Nan Zhang of NPI Lease Company Limited”


  1. Max says:

    Thank you!

  2. Michael Clifton says:

    We have also received this email twice.

  3. I just received this email 30 minutes ago.

    Peter

  4. John Moroun says:

    Two different emails, from email addresses with two different domain names, the second supposedly following up on the first, both on the same day

  5. Paul B Belanger says:

    Thanks for your feedback. I too received the scam letter today.

  6. Pavel Petkov says:

    I have also received the above email twice. I ignored it yesterday and today I received the following:

    “Sir,

    We sent this correspondence earlier. We are a consolidated subsidiary of Shoji Equipment Leasing Company Ltd. We ask of your Services regarding a breach of lease, that was duly guaranteed, involving us, and a customer of ours in your province. We secured equipment requested by them and leased it to them for an agreed period of time, but they have since fallen short of the executed agreement we have in place.

    We look forward to a response from you, so that we can provide you with more information. We will appreciate your helping us with our request regarding this matter.

    Regards,

    Nan Zhang

    Executive Director, Finance & Accounts
    NPI Lease Company Limited
    MITSUZAWA MINAMICHO 22-26-202
    KANAGAWA – KU, Yokohama
    Tel: 81-45-225-2321
    Fax: 81-45-225-2322″

  7. Olnik says:

    We have also received this email twice.

  8. Hamagin Finance says:

    We Hamagin Finance Co., Ltd.is a leasing Co in Japan yokohama.
    An organization called NPI Lease Company Ltd is sending mail of dealings invitation to many overseas lawyers.
    Since unapproved use of the telephone numbers of our company(Japan+45-225-2321and2322) is carried out at this mail, much inquiries are coming from the receiver of e-mail.
    NPI Lease Co should keep in mind that it is not related with our company at all.
    Moreover, the address and photograph of a homepage of Shoji Equipment Leasing Co. which are parent company of NPI copy the thing of some other existing Japanese leasing companies without notice, and paste it together.
    It seems that it is a company which does not exist really at all.

  9. Monika says:

    Hello,

    I’ve also received this email twice in January. As it went to my junk e-mail I recognized it only today and tried to find information about the sender. I can see now that this is the same email for everyone.



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