Lawyers in Maine and California notified us that they received an email from the purported Akira Kawano of Echo Electric Co Ltd 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: ECHO ELECTRIC CO LTD [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 9:48 PM
Subject: [SPAM] litigation case
This is a request for your legal consultation services, I would like your advice regarding possible representation on a litigation case concerning breach of contract/collection matters. I believe that the matter is within your jurisdiction which is why Iâ€™m requesting your legal advice. After a careful review of your firms profile as well as your qualification and experience, we are of the opinion that your are qualified to provide the legal services as requested.
Do let me know your position in reviewing this matter, so I may provide any additional information.
A lawyer who replied got this response:
Thanks for your responds, please see attached document for your review run a conflict check and advice on your retainer fee
Our opposing company information is below the breach of contract is for the sum of $1,200,000.00
800-E Beaty Street
Davidson, NC 28036
Please send us retainer agreement (engagement letter) looking forward hearing from you. Please scroll down to the last page of the contract below paragraph 21 and wait for five seconds you will find the two company signature and the seal.
Senior Executive Manager,
Echo Electric Co., Ltd
621 Nagai, Fuefukisi, Yamanashi-Pref.Postal Cord 406-0823 Japan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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