Commercial debt collection scam using the names Masakatsu Yoshikawa and Dayani Garment Indonesia
Date First Reported: July 2014
Primary Name Associated: Masakatsu Yoshikawa
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Masakatsu Yoshikawa of Dayani Garment Indonesia looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.
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 email sent by the fraudster to the lawyer:
From: Daya Nigarment firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:54 AM
Subject: Request For Your Legal Representation
This is an official request for legal representation on behalf of
Dayani Garment Indonesia PT, We are a textile company with principal
business in manufacturing and exporting of garment.
We are presently incapacitated due to international legal boundaries
to exert pressure on our delinquent customers and we request for your
services accordingly. We got your contact information from the Online
Lawyers Directory as a result of our search for a reliable law firm or
attorney to provide legal services as requested.
After a careful review of your profile as well as your qualification
and experience, we are of the opinion that you are capable and
qualified to provide the legal services as requested.
On behalf of Dayani Garment Indonesia PT, Please accept my sincerest
appreciation in advance for your willingness to render your services
as we look forward to your prompt response to our request.
Dayani Garment Indonesia PT.
JI. Raya Narogong Km. 11,
Bantar Gebang, Bekasi 17151 Jawa Barat,
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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