[Updated March 2014]
Five Ontario lawyers and several overeseas (Serbia, Ecuador, Venezuala, Spain) notified us that he 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: Brownson Co Ltd. [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, June 14, 2013 10:02 AM
Subject: Legal Inquiry
I will like to know if your law firm can assist our company in a collection/litigation matter against a company for non payment of goods and services delivered. We have tried to no avail And we believe the sooner we involve a lawyer the easy it will be. Goods have been delivered there is no complain whatsoever. Non paying company has been a valuable customer of ours in the past so we hope we could have this matter resolved without litigation, we will like litigation to be our last option if other options have been exhausted. I will expect a response from you if this is your field of practice.
I will anticipate your prompt response.
Brownson Co Ltd.
Tel:+81 50 5539 6536
Tel:+81 50 5534 8060
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 email@example.com.
If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.
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