Breach of IP agreement scam by Kenji Ohwa of Daiwa Shuppan Publishing Inc
Date First Reported: September 2012
Primary Name Associated: Kenji Ohwa
Description of Potential Fraud:
A lawyer in Ontario and one in Texas have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Kenji Ohwa of Daiwa Shuppan Publishing Inc with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement.
Here is the initial email.
From: [email protected]
To: lawyer email
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2012 08:16:08 -0700
Subject: Legal Matter
We are a large media publisher company here in Japan and we have a breach of intellectual property agreement matter in your jurisdiction. Please advise us on your retainer fee
so that we can forward you the agreement for your review and run a conflict check.
Kenji Ohwa (President)
Daiwa Shuppan Publishing Inc.
Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0013
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September 05, 2012 at 9:43 am, Burt Stutchin, Esq. said:
I am in receipt of a $650,000 check from Caribbean Publishing Co. in partial settlemnt of the Daiwa Shuppan Publishing claim. I must say that it is very authentic looking. I used to send these to the FBI, but they do not seem to be particularly interested. It’s hard to believe that attorneys are falling for this stuff. I actually read the Distribution Agreement sent by Mr. Ohwa which requires that disputes be arbitrated before the U.S. Supreme Court. LOL!
July 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm, Jason said:
Here is a new one out there with same verbiage geared toward real estate professionals…..
We are a large real estate company here in Japan we want you to be our agent in the U.S.
your duty will be to receive payment from our our U.S. buyer for the property we have sold
to buyer here in Japan.
We shall pay all applicable charges with your Escrow / Title company including agent fee which
we shall discus if you are interested.
We shall forward you the purchase agreement for your review so that open an Escrow/Title
account to receive the payment from our U.S. buyer.
Please let us know if you interested
Hiroyuki Ito President
12-11, Shinjuku 3-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Email: [email protected]