Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Michael Lee of Hitachi-Nippon Ferrule Inc with regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the initial email:
From: Micheal Lee
Date: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Subject: REPS NEEDED
The management of Hitachi Oil & Construction requires your legal representation for our European andNorth /South American delinquent customers.
We realise that a reputable attorney is required to represent us in our bid to secure payments on overdue accounts. In order to achieve this objective, we understand that a proper Attorney/Client Agreement must be entered into by both parties. This will be done immediately we receive your letter of acceptance. We will rely on you to advice us on the requirements for a proper letter of engagement to be reviewed by our Board of Directors. It is our intention to commence legal proceedings against these delinquent customers as soon as practicable.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.
Assistant Head of Accounts
Hitachi- Nippon Ferrule inc.
13F Marunouchi Center Building 6-1,
Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8220 Japan
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