Date First Reported: September 2011

Primary Name Associated: Kudou Noriko

Description of Potential Fraud:


Three Ontario lawyers have received emails from the purported Kudou Noriko looking to retain them with regards to a collecting on an outstanding loan. The wording is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business load frauds.

Here is one of the emails:

From: Koudo Noriko [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: September-07-11 7:23 AM
To: Lawyer Name
Subject: BREACH

I want to hire you office to help me demand for my money i loan to PAUL URICH of canada. please tell me how to do.
I pay for it.
thank you thank you
yours faithfuly,
kudou Noriko

1410022 JP
Tel: +86-21-63806033

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 [email protected]

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