Commercial debt collection scam by Hiro Hayato of Chiyoda Electronics Co.

February 27, 2013 By: FraudInfo Category: Fraud warning

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:chiyodaelectronicscoltd@gmail.com]
Sent: February-25-13 7:31 PM
To: lawyer email
Subject: Legal services

Dear Sir/Madam,

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 firm’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.

Hiro Hayato
Accounting Officer,
Chiyoda Electronics Co.,Ltd.
3-9, Sotokanda 3- Chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Zip: 101-0021
EMAIL: chiyodaelectronicscoltd@gmail.com

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4 Responses to “Commercial debt collection scam by Hiro Hayato of Chiyoda Electronics Co.”

  1. Michael P. McCloskey says:

    I have received a purported check from the supposed debtor for $650,000 by way of transmittal asking for email notification be sent to Mathew Streelman. I will not cash it and my only question is whether to destroy it or turn it over to the authorities.

  2. Will Laquelle says:

    I had a scammer using the name of Matthew Streelman using an aol address try this scam on me. I have posted about it on my website.

    I have had several real estate agents collect me. Apparently the holder of the same email address is now involved in a fraud involving realtors.

    Obviously none of the names used on the frauds are the real names.

    Will Laquelle

  3. Sue Weaver says:

    Hello Will,
    Count that as one more realtor contacting you. Here is the email I got yesterday about a purchase of a home I have listed. Should I assume this is a fraud?, Sue Weaver:

    “Thank you for your respond to my mail, this property listed MLS :# 2140199 / $679,000 is of my interest and I will like to put in an offer to purchase. I will like to retain the service of an attorney in this transaction to handle the financial part of this purchase and also to represent my interest at the closing on this chosen property. Please recommend an attorney for me. Because of time difference, it may not be possible for me to reach the attorney on the telephone during business hour. I will like to ask you to contact the attorney on my behalf or send me their email address so that I can introduce myself to them regarding this transaction. I will be very delightful if you can send to my attention the documents (the purchasing contract offer) that require my signatures via elec
    electronic signature software like DocuSign or any other software because I do not have a scanner at home. Attached is a copy of my bank statement as a proof of funds for this transaction. Below are the information’s you will need before you can write the purchasing contract.
    1). Name: Kayan Lee
    Address: 5-56 Akasaka 7 – Chome, Minato – Ku
    Tokyo, Japan 107 – 0052
    2). It is cash buy on the property. Will like to make an Offer: $670,000
    3). and Closing date: 15 of April, 2014.
    4). I will like home inspection to be done on the property.
    5. Telephone: +81 (0)3-5209-5931 
    If you have any question you can contact my account adviser, Mr. Matthew Streelman if you have any question at: mathewstreelman@aol.com.
    Kayan Lee”

  4. Judy Barrett says:

    Sue, I got the EXACT same instructions on a listing after being baited to provide listings. What he asked for was impossible in my market so he replied, “Send what you have.” No preference for area, price range, etc. Having sent him a totally random selection of listings from $650-1.2, he picked one and issued the IDENTICAL letter above, accompanied by what he claimed was a bank statement from Scotia Bank. (I see others who’ve received this same nonsense got statements from Bank of Nova Scotia–with the bank’s name and tagline misspelled.) SCAM-SCAM-SCAM
    Google Kayan Lee real estate scam and you’ll come up with dozens of these.

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