Date First Reported: April 2014

Primary Name Associated: Junya Suzuki

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario lawyer notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Junya Suzuki with regards to retaining their services to collect on breach of a franchise agreement.

This is a bad cheque scam (similar to those alleging a breach of an IP or copyright agreement) that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the party in breach of the agreement (who is also part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.

Here is the initial email from the fraudster to the lawyer:

Message from Junya Suzuki [email protected] on Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:46:53 -0500 —–
Subject: GoodMorning

We had a franchise agreement with a company in your district and the agreement has been executed and now defaulted.
We would like to retain you to resolve this matter.
If you are interested please advise us on your initial retainer fee and we shall forward you the agreement
for you review.
Yours Sincerely,

Junya Suzuki

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected].

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

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