Environmental cleanup lawsuit scam by Hiroyuki Ito of Daiseki Co Ltd
Date First Reported: March 2013
Primary Name Associated: Hiroyuki Ito
Description of Potential Fraud:
Three Ontario lawyers have reported receiving an email from the purported Hiroyuki Ito of Daiseki Co Ltd with regards to an environmental cleanup claim. This seems to be a new fraud scenario, and it isn’t clear yet how the fraud plays out. The email mentions requiring a firm to defend the action, though it also mentions a defaulted payment so that would seem to be where the counterfeit cheque would come in. We’ll update this post as we learn more.
From: Hiroyuki Ito [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 9:02 AM
Subject: Legal Representatives
We want to retain your service for legal matter in your Jurisdiction concerning Environmental law, kindly let me know if you are interested and I will provide more details.
Hiroyuki Ito President
Daiseki Co Ltd
1-86 Funamicho Minato-ku
Nagoya Aichi, 455-0027 Japan
A lawyer who replied got this response:
Thank you very much for your response our advert company information is below, we have been hired to clear up a corrosive waste acid, since job was completed they have threaten to take legal action against our firm claiming that my company did not clear up the waste properly and since then there are still in default on payment. we would like to hire your firm for defends.
Below is the other party information that has defaulted-
Ecosse Energy Corp
8 King St E Suite 300
Toronto, ON M5C 1B5, Canada
Please forward us your retainer agreement and advise on retainer fee. we shall forward you the invoice and the job order for your review
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