Commercial debt collection scam by Taro Denshi (or Wong Chin Fa) of Beam Electronics
Date First Reported: March 2013
Primary Name Associated: Taro Denshi
Description of Potential Fraud:
A lawyer in Ontario, two in the U.S., and one in the Bahamas have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Taro Denshi, Wong Chin Fa or Masayoshi Hiyama of Beam Electronics 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:
Subject: Legal Counsel
From: Beam Electronics Industrial CoLtd <[email protected]>
To: lawyer name
I am Taro Denshi and I am the Accounts Officer at Beam Electronics Industrial Co.,Ltd. The management of Beam Electronics Industrial Co.,Ltd. requires your legal counsel in helping us seek redress from our debtors in your region who owe us money and breached our purchase agreement. Looking forward to reading from you.
Beam Electronics Industrial Co.,Ltd.
3967-36 Wada, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture 390-1242
Tokyo Zip 110-0008
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