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Commercial debt collection scam by Daiki Izawa of Japan General Appliance

June 18, 2013 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

[updated July 2013]

Twenty California lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Daiki Izawa of Japan General Appliance with regards to a commercial debt collection 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: Daiki Izawa
Date: June 13, 2013, 8:39:29 PM PDT
To:
Subject: Legal Represent
We are Japan General Appliance Co., Ltd and We would like to know if you have conflict that will prevent you from representing us against an entity in your jurisdiction.

This matter regards shipment and product’s standard. We have explore all avenues to resolve this issue amicably, unfortunately we have not progressed as expected.
If you require the name of the opposing party to conduct your conflict check, please respond to our inquiry and we are ready to pay your retainer fee immediately.

Yours Sincerely,

Daiki Izawa CEO/CFO
Japan General Appliance Co.,Ltd.
11th Fl., TT-1 Bldg. 14-8, Nihonbashi
Ningyo-cho 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
ZIP 103-0013
TEL: 03-5643-1331
Email;daikiizawa@gmail.com
www.jgap.co.jp

A lawyer who replied got this response:

Thanks for the update below is the default customer information, please run a conflict check and advise us on your retainer fee also send us your retainer agreement. The outstanding debt is $650,000.00USD

Adverse Party

Howard Appliances
25415 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90505-6122

Yours Sincerely,

Daiki Izawa CEO/CFO
Japan General Appliance Co.,Ltd.
11th Fl., TT-1 Bldg. 14-8, Nihonbashi
Ningyo-cho 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
ZIP 103-0013
TEL: 03-5643-1331
Email;daikiizawa@gmail.com
www.jgap.co.jp

And then this email:

We have notify our debtor that we are taking legal action against them for not paying us our money since we deliver our product to them and we also advise them that we have communicate with your firm for legal representation in this matter and we are delighted to inform you that we received a message from our customer (DEBTOR) company today they have issued a part payment of $450,000.00 to your firm as a part money owed to our company.

Debtor is now scared of litigation, All effort to try and collect our money as not been successful and they have not respond to previous demand letter.

Its great opportunity to collect our money from them so please accept the payment and deduct your fee from the payment, notify us once you have receive and deposit the payment in your account, we shall forward you our account information for you to wire transfer us the proceed.

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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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6 Responses to “Commercial debt collection scam by Daiki Izawa of Japan General Appliance”


  1. Lester says:

    I just got that same email. Thank you for posting this. In my experience, no potential client starts out by offering to pay a retainer right away.

  2. bc yim says:

    Here’s the proof — actual e-m from the real CEO of Japan General Appliance Co., Ltd. Ken-Ichi Izasawa, to me; He says “Daiki Izawa” is a fraud, doesn’t work for the company, and is running around impersonating an officer of their company, which he obviously is not.

    From Ken-Ichi Izasawa, real CEO of Japan General Appliance, Co., Ltd.:

    Dear Mr. Casey Yim
    We don’t have Daiki Izawa in our company.
    It is SPAM mail. He is impersonating our CEO.
    It is better carry out no participating in this matter.

    Regards,
    Ken Izasawa
    Japan General Appliance Co., Ltd
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Casey Yim
    To: ‘jga@jgap.co.jp’
    Sent: Friday, June 21, 2013 4:53 AM
    Subject: Daiki Izawa

    Do you have some named Daiki Izawa at your company? Please advise of his contact information.

    Thank you

  3. gregor Woodward says:

    thank you. I was hit with two scams within days. Thankfully, I can let these things rest….

  4. Frank Lategano says:

    I received a similar solicitation from a company named Daiki Steel. I have pasted it below. It is being propagated by a person on LinkedIn. Is this also a scam?

    “Attention, Thank you for your interest in learning about our company and the contract proposal. In April 1959, the Company made a new start, with Nihon Teppan Corporation and Nichia Steel Works, Ltd., merging to form Daiki Steel Co. Ltd Co., Ltd. In 1962, the company constructed a blast furnace, emerging as an integrated steelmaker. Furthermore, the company developed a unique industry position as a manufacturer specialized in light-gauge materials, including surface-treated products and stainless steel sheets. Daiki Steel Co. Ltd’s Group companies in Japan comprise 30 entities operating in a host of businesses. We have fabricating and processing companies that add value by processing our products, companies that sell our products, companies that process raw materials for us, and companies that provide us with transportation and a variety of other services. Our principal distinguishing characteristic is the formation of a group centered on the Company’s steel business. We are experiencing difficulties in processing cheque payments from our customers in Canada and USA due to difference in banking laws and procedures as it take a longer time {4-6 weeks} for a Canadian cheque and American cheque to clear the bank here in Japan. This has prompted us to contact you to represent our interest in Canada/USA to receive and process cheque payments on behalf of Daiki Steel Co. Ltd’s from our customers in that region. We got your contact information from a Canadian Marketing Research company (TNS Canada). Presently, we are been owed huge amounts of funds by some of our customers in Canada and USA, some have agreed to begin Installmental payment. Thus, we wish to contract you to partner with us as a representative in Canada/USA to receive and process the payments in order to beat the challenges associated with payment for products supplied. We have two categories of partnership available, namely:
     Individual Partnership: This is for reliable persons/Individuals.

     Corporate Partnership: This is for company owners who wish to register their company with us to represent our interest.
    This representative partnership is independent of career or business type and does not require much time or travelling. “

  5. Angela says:

    Hi ,

    I received the below email through my LinkedIn account. It looks a bit shady and wondered if anyone has seen this version.

    Alexander Lee
    Marketing & Strategic Development at BusinessHive.com

    Hello

    With a deep view into your Linkedin profile, I can tell you have a very good reputation. Thought this opportunity may be of interest to you, If not I apologize for the intrusion. Daiki Steel Co. Ltd is currently seeking reputable company or individual to serve as their Online Affiliate/Account Receivable Agent in the USA / Canada, It’s an online part time activity which pays well. If interested, kindly indicate your interest by sending a direct email to the HR Director Mr. Sange Takezo, on his professional email: ( sange1@daikisteel.com , Alternative Email: 2791706636@qq.com ) Upon your response you will be briefed on more details.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Alexander Lee

    Reply to Alexander

  6. Noel says:

    This is what I received lately. This time the fraudster named the company Sumira Steel Co Ltd and yes it originated from LinkedIn as well, the supposed contact person in LinkedIn is Kim Miyazaki, and the hiring manager is Tanaka Macheda.

    I already forwarded and found that it is indeed a scam.

    =====================================================
    Compliments of the day, in regards to your last mail , In April 1959, the Company made a new start, with Nihon Teppan Corporation and Nichia Steel Works, Ltd., merging to form Sumira Steel Co. Ltd. In 1962, the company constructed a blast furnace, emerging as an integrated steelmaker. Furthermore, the company developed a unique industry position as a manufacturer specialized in light-gauge materials, including surface-treated products and stainless steel sheets to home users, government and non governmental organizations.

    We are in need of representatives in different regions in Canada and United States, due to the challenges in processing orders and payments here in Japan from our clients/customers and so we have decided to have a representative who could serve as us to our customers in their region, It’s been proven that clients/customers especially debtors respond to debt owned when means of remittance is available within the confine of their region. When you are assigned as one of our Company representative, you will be an intermediary between Sumira Steel Co. Ltd and it clients/customers in your region.

    DETAILS OF FUNCTION: Maintain effective communications with managements of Sumira Steel Co. Ltd. Establishes, develops and maintains business relationships with current customers and prospective customers in your region. Secure orders from existing and prospective customers through a relationship-based approach and Maintain proper records of transactions.

    Sincerely,
    Tanaka Macheda,
    Sales Director
    Sumira Steel Co. Ltd
    23 Tsukuda, Nishiyodogawa-ku
    Osaka, Japan
    URL: http://sumirasteel.com

    ====================================================



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