Commercial debt collection scam using a fake referral and the names Ken Satoshi and Kanto Aircraft Instrumental
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from a William Jamieson, claiming to be a referral for Ken Satoshi of Kanto Aircraft Instrumental regarding a commercial debt collection. This appears to case of a real lawyer or paralegal being impersonated, as the email used is a varation of a real firm email.
This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial contact email sent by the fraudster to the lawyer,
From: William H. Jamieson
Date: 12/10/2013 08:32 AM
Subject: Dear Counsel
I am sending this email as a referral.
Mr Ken Satoshi is a director of Kanto Aircraft Instrument Co., Ltd, Japan/South Korea. They are a manufacturing company of Aeronautical equipments. The company is being owed some payments on a shipment that they made to a customer here in Sept 2012. They are now seeking advice and possible representation in litigation against the non-paying company.
I am unable to handle this matter at this time because I’m on vacation. I have represented this company in the past. You can contact Mr. Satoshi if you are interested in representing them.
Below is his contact information:
Kanto Aircraft Instrument Co., Ltd
I encourage you to contact one another to see if this is a situation where you can work together.
William H. Jamieson
Attorney At Law
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