[Updated Aug 2014]
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Yoshika Joya and New Japan Chemical Company 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: Yoshika Joya email@example.com
Date: July 1, 2014 at 4:22:33 PM EDT
Subject: Debt collection/ Representation
My name is Yoshika Joya, the Director of overseas operations of New Japan Chemical Company Limited of Japan.
I have been directed by management to engage your firm to assist our company in debt collection matters.
This is coming after a careful review of your profile.
Please, confirm asap, the receipt of this email if you are in a position to represent our company in matters of delinquent accounts collections.
Management is of the opinion that a reputable debt collection firm like yours is required to represent us in Canada in order for us to recover monies due to our organization by our customers within your jurisdiction.
Once more thank you so much for your kind attention and expected co-operation.
Dir: Overseas Division
New Japan Chemical Company Ltd
2-1-8, Bingomachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
The same name also appears in a real estate bad cheque scam:
From: Yoshika Joya
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 5:49 AM
Subject: Residential Home
Good day, My name is Yoshika Joya. I am interested in purchasing a property with this specification, A Residential Home with 4-5 Bedrooms, 4-5 Bathrooms, 2 car garages with or without swimming pool, single family, with the price ranges of $500,000-$1.0 m. Please, forward your listings to me at
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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