Ten lawyers in Ontario and the US have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Hiro Hayato of Chiyoda Electronics 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: Chiyoda Electronics CoLtd [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: February-25-13 7:31 PM
To: lawyer email
Subject: Legal services
Chiyoda Electronics Co.,Ltd. is a Japan based company We require your firms Legal services in some outstanding payment matters with a number of debtors in your jurisdiction. Please confirm your firmâ€™s availability in this regards for services, A referral would be welcomed if this is not your area of practice. as we await your prompt reply.
Do have a nice day.
Chiyoda Electronics Co.,Ltd.
3-9, Sotokanda 3- Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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