Commercial debt collection scam by Ichiro Itoh
Date First Reported: April 2013
Primary Name Associated: Ichiro Itoh
Description of Potential Fraud:
A Toronto lawyer has notified us that they have received an email 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:
From: Ichiro Itoh
Subject: We Need Your Services
Good morning to you, please confirm the receipt of this mail if you are in a position to represent our company in matters of delinquent accounts collections. We contact you to represent our company after a careful review of your profile. We are of the opinion that a reputable attorney is required to represent us in your country in order for us to recover monies due to our organization by our clients in Canada.
In order to achieve these objectives a good and reputable law firm/collection agency like yours will be required to handle this service. Please advice on you takes in this issue.
Once more thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to read this mail.
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August 05, 2013 at 4:03 am, goksel kırar said:
I am a lawyer and parner of k&s law Office. 10 days ago we received an email as you published on behalf of Ichiro Itoh (Ashai Kasei Co.)
They also signed attorney agreement and sent us by email.
which kind of scam they intend now?
December 09, 2013 at 1:39 pm, Mario Dujmovic said:
Normally, you will be informed shortly that the opponent is willing to pay. You will receive a check, which will be credited to your account. Then you should transfer the money minus your fee. After that the check is canceled because it is fake or unfunded.
December 15, 2013 at 1:13 am, Waleed Hassanien said:
Fraud case report from an Egyptian victim.
1st, many thanks to those who reported this case.
2ndly Here are email accounts plus aliases they used
[email protected] Isabel Frank
[email protected] Ichiro Itoh
I almost got scammed by them but got saved by a miracle, the Egyptian funds transaction regulations has been a pain in the ass lately, but that saved me from becoming a victim.
1. They used real and actual debtors names and contact details.
2. They sign a contract, which eliminate a great amount of doubt any lawyer could have.
3. They do their home work about the situation of the targeted victims country…which makes them lethally persuasive.
I hope every be safe and may others benefit from our harsh events 🙁