Commercial debt collection scam using the names Osamu Mizuno and Adtec Engineering
Date First Reported: February 2014
Primary Name Associated: Osamu Mizuno
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Osamu Mizuno of Adtec Engineering looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.
This is a classic bad cheque scam 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 debtor (who is 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 contact email sent by the fraudster to the lawyer
From: Osamu Mizuno
Date: 29/01/2014 11:52 AM
Subject: legal rep.
This is an official request for your legal consultation services on behalf of Adtec Engineering Co Ltd. we are based in Japan. Our principal
activity is manufacturing of Electronics device and component as well as being professional exporter of various Electronics items.
We are presently incapacitated due to international legal boundaries to exert pressure on our delinquent customers in your locality who
owe us money and we request for your services accordingly. We got your contact information from a lawyer directory as a result of our
urgent need for a reliable firm or individual/firm to provide legal services as requested.
If you are interested I will forward you the document for your review, please accept my sincerest appreciation on behalf of our company in
advance for your willingness to render your services as we look forward to your prompt response to our request.
Osamu Mizuno President
Adtec Engineering Co Ltd
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