Date First Reported: November 2012

Primary Name Associated: Shigehiko Hirota

Description of Potential Fraud:


Nine lawyers in Ontario and one in North Carolina have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Shigehiko Hirota of Leader Electronics Corp with 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: Shigehiko Hirota [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 6:08 PM
To: lawyer name
Subject: Legal Matter


We are LEADER ELECTRONICS CORP, Yokohama Japan. Our company mainly engaged in the manufacturing of electronic parts and electronic devices.
We have a collection matter in your area, please advice if you are taking on new case, it’s very urgent.

Yours Sincerely,
Shigehiko Hirota (President)
2-6-21 Tsunashima-Higashi
Kohoku-ku, Yokohama 223-0052, Japan

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].

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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