Date First Reported: June 2013

Primary Name Associated: Catherine Hu

Description of Potential Fraud:


A lawyer in Ireland notified us that he received an email from the purported Catherine Hu of Ota Shoten Shinji Leasing Company with regards to a commercial debt collection 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:

Date: Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 2:03 AM
Subject: debt recovery

Attn: Counsel,

On behalf of Ota Shoten Ota Shinji Leasing Company Ltd., we will require your legal service for unpaid invoice by our customers in your country.

Please confirm if you could help us ,I will also need a referral if this is not your line of practice.

Reply back for more details at email: [email protected].

Catherine Hu

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