Date First Reported: March 2013

Primary Name Associated: Tatsuo Saito

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario lawyers has notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Tatsuo Saito with regards to a breach of employment agreement scam. In this type of fraud the lawyer is retained to demand a settlement from an employer or employee, and is similar to workplace injury settlement scams we’ve seen. The fraudster will claim that they are overseas, but the employer is in their jurisdiction.

For details on how this fraud works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is the initial email:

From: Tatsuo Saito [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2013 3:21 AM
To: clientservices
Subject: Legal Repreentative

We want to retain your service for legal matter in your jurisdiction concerning breach of employment agreement, please let us know if you are interested and we shall forward you the agreement for your review.


Tatsuo Saito
Account Director
Soshisha Publishing Co.,Ltd.
5-3-15, Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-002
TEL: 03-4580-7676/ 03-3235-0070
Email: [email protected]

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