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Date First Reported: June 2012

Primary Name Associated: Hideki Kazuhiro

Description of Potential Fraud:

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A number of U.S. lawyers (in Florida and Texas) have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Hideki Kazuhiro to act on real estate transactions that look like an attempt at a bad cheque fraud. As with scams of this type, it appears that this fraud is a set-up for a request to return real estate deal deposit monies paid with a bad cheque. For a full description of how this fraud works and a list of names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is the email:

From: Hideki Kazuhiro Date: February 12, 2012 8:16:06 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: From Hideki Kazuhiro.

Hello,
I am Hideki Kazuhiro from Malaysia. I will be relocating to the United States with my family very soon after my retirement, and I intend buying a home before I come over. I will like you to send me a listing of properties with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms within the price range of $500,000.00 to $1,200,000.00 with a nice view and garage, in a nice neighborhood in your city and state. Communication via email will be better as my spoken English is very poor. Waiting to hear from you.

Regards,
Hideki Kazuhiro

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.

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