Date First Reported: March 2013

Primary Name Associated: Dai Nippon

Description of Potential Fraud:


A lawyer in Ontario and one in California have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Shigeru Hayashim of Dai Nippon Printing Co. with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. For details of how this scam works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is the initial email.

From: Shigeru Hayashim [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2012 4:17 PM
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. If you are interested we can forward you the intellectual property agreement and the distribution
of agreement for your review. The collection amount is $1,200,00.00USD
Yours Sincerely

Shigeru Hayashim (President)
Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd.
1-1, Ichigaya Kagacho 1-chome, Shinjuku, Tokyo Zip: 162-8001
[email protected]

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