Commercial debt collection scam by Hideaki Terabayashi of NICCABI Co.
Date First Reported: January 2013
Primary Name Associated: Hideaki Terabayashi
Description of Potential Fraud:
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Hideaki Terabayashi of NICCABI Co 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: Hideaki Terabayashi [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 9:14 AM
Subject: Breach of contract Lawsuit
I am addressing this mail to you to Retain your legal service in Litigation. Please let me know if you can act in this case. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks and have a great Day
Mr Hideaki Terabayashi
One lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:
Thanks for your urgent mail. This mail contains more information regarding my case.
We ordered for electrical machines worth $2,800,000.00 USD on the 2nd July, 2012 from a seller in your region who has proven to be a delinquent seller. Half Payment in the amount of $1,400.000.00 USD was made on 2nd July, 2012 and the other installment of the total cost of purchase was agreed to be made immediately after the delivery of our purchases. Yet we haven’t heard from them ever-since, all mails sent to them hasn’t yielded any feedback, and this appears to us as a breach of contract. So we are hiring your service to help us handle this case, Thereby forcing the seller to comply with payment request as effort made for refund has proven to be abortive. More information will be given to you as at when due to enable you do your proper litigation, but underneath is the delinquent seller’s Address.
Securekey Technologies Inc
199 Bay St Unit 2900
Toronto, ON M5L 1G4, Canada
Please run a conflict check and send me your retainer agreement for my review.
I await your mail
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