Date First Reported: January 2012

Primary Name Associated: Kiyoshi Yukio

Description of Potential Fraud:


Over 100 lawyers have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Kiyoshi Yukio of NPI Lease Company with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of a lease agreement. This is a new variant of the basic bad cheque scam in which the aim is to have a counterfeit cheque deposited in the lawyer’s trust account and good money disbursed to the fraudsters. As with business loan frauds where the debtor miraculously agrees to pay up right away, in this scam the ‘customer’ accused of breaching the lease agreement will no doubt also quickly send a (counterfeit) cheque for damages to the lawyers office, and the lawyer will be asked to wire the funds (minus fees and costs) to an offshore account.

Here is an example of the initial contact email:

From: Kiyoshi Yukio
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2012 05:07:18
To: lawyer
Subject: re: lease matter


We ask of your Services regarding a breach of lease, that was duly guaranteed, involving us, and a customer of ours in your country. We secured the equipment required by them and leased it to them for an agreed period of time, but they have since fallen short of the executed agreement we have in place.

We look forward to a response from you, so that we can provide you with more information. We will appreciate your helping us with our request regarding this matter.

Kiyoshi Yukio

Head Of Administartion
NPI Lease Company Limited.
KANAGAWA – KU, Yokohama
Tel: 81-45-225-2321

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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