An Ontario lawyer has notified us that they’ve received two emails from the purported Toru Hashimoto looking to retain them with regards to a collection matter. The introductory email would seem to be a setup for a scam similar to other debt collection frauds we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business load frauds.
Here is the initial email:
From: Tushar Meher
Date: 17/03/2012 11:38 AM
Subject: I urgently have a collection matter for you
I am Toru Hashimoto the owner and CEO of Takatori Int’l Law and Patent Office firm here in Japan. I urgently have a collection matter for you in your jurisdiction reply me to discuses this further because of the time difference between Asia and America we prefer communication via email
Takatori Int’l Law and Patent Office
Rm.301, Kamiya Bldg.
32-6, Minami Ikebukuro 2-chome, Toshima-ku,
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M-TECH Innovations Ltd, Pune, India
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