Commercial debt collection scam by Kenichi Kai of Bunkasha Publishing Co
Date First Reported: August 2013
Primary Name Associated: Kenichi Kai
Description of Potential Fraud:
Lawyers in Ontario, BC and California have received an email from the purported Kenichi Kai of Bunkasha Publishing Co regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the initial email:
From: Kenichi Kai [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: August 20, 2012 11:45 PM
To: Lawyer name
Subject: Legal Matter
We are a large media publisher company here in Japan and we have a breach of contract agreement matter for collection 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.
Kenichi Kai CEO/CFO
Bunkasha Publishing Co., Ltd.
29-6, Ichibancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
A lawyer who replied got this response:
Thanks for the your responds, please see attached agreement for your review, our debtor information is below the debt owe $1,200,000.00 run your conflict check and send us your retainer agreement Asap.
Wfo Mixed Media Inc
910 Queen St W Suite B2
Toronto, ON M6J 1G6, Canada
Please advise us on your retainer fees for collection and send us retainer agreement ( engagement letter) looking forward hearing from you.
The lawyer advised that before he would act, he required a retainer fee and a signed agreement. While the agreement was signed and returned, no fee was sent. And then this email arrived.
We are delighted to inform you that we received a message from our debtor, they have issued a payment of $650,000.00 to your firm as a part of the money owed our company to avoid litigation brought against them and to pay the balance $550,000 by September, 2012 they became scare when we notify them of our plan to seek legal advice on the matter.
The customer has made the payment to your firm and you will have your retainer fee deducted from this sum and this will give us a good note to start off as agreed by my board of directors.
Please we should pause any action at this time since payment as been issued to your firm.
A cheque then arrived at the lawyer’s office:
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August 28, 2012 at 10:21 am, Mike Brown said:
I received the identical e-mail from “Kenji Ohwa”:
From: Kenji Ohwa [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:58 PM
To: Brown & Michaels, PC
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