Commercial debt collection scam using the names Takayoshi Meiga and Godo Steel
Date First Reported: September 2015
Primary Name Associated: Takayoshi Meiga
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario firm and one in California have notified us that they received an email from the purported Takayoshi Meiga of Godo Steel looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection..
This appears to be a 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 purchaser (who is part of the fraud).
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Here is the email received by lawyers when they responded to the original contact:
We appreciate you giving us a chance to discuss our case. We placed an order for some goods from THE HOME DEPOT back in August, 2014 and the terms of the sales contract requires we to pay 50% of the total cost of the ordered goods before delivery and the balance after we have received the same goods. However, after we made the 50% initial deposit, we did not receive any goods as required. The goods ought to be delivered in September, 2014. More time was given to them to deliver the goods which they were still unable to meet with. Hence, we requested for a refund.
We have made several efforts to have them refund the initial deposit, but to no avail. We have therefore decided to resort to legal means since there is an existing agreement prior to the transaction. Find below details of the supplier for your conflict check.
THE HOME DEPOT
2121 St Clair Ave W
Toronto, ON M6N 5A8
We have suffered so much loss as a result of this failed transaction and we are ready to proceed with litigation if the need should arise. Let us know the best way to have this issue tackled and we will comply as long as we get results. Furthermore, we have concerns and would like you to respond in detail in your reply.
Are they any foibles you see in this case? If litigation is involved, the distance gives us some concern with regards to court appearances. How can this be handled?
How much is your legal fee? Do you charge on hourly basis or contingency? What should we expect from you? Any guarantees? Please advise on your assessment of this case. A quick response will be appreciated.
+81 34 589 5812
Toyobo Building 8F 2-8,
Dojimahama 2-chome Kita-ku,
Osaka 530-0004, Japan.
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September 21, 2015 at 7:56 pm, WILLIAM said:
My name is William Milano. I was recently offered a position as a Canadian Rep for Godo Steel to do their Canadian transactions to shorten the time to the NET30 (they claim it takes 6 weeks to cash cheques after the NET30).
I was offered a base rate + commission both for my company as a Canadian Rep or as an employee.
I have the forms for employment or contract as well.
September 25, 2015 at 8:12 am, Mahmoud Cherif said:
received email too
October 11, 2015 at 11:42 pm, M said:
This is copied from the mail I got via them connecting with me on Linked In
Just got this mail.
You are to note that your strategic role is to receive checks from our customers which will be made known to you after we complete your accreditation process. You will then be required to deposit the money into an account preferably your account for the purpose of transparency, after which upon clearing, you will then remove your due percentage and transfer the remainder of the funds to us.
You are to note that we have reviewed this process and nobody will be breaking any law that is the reason why we advise that the money be deposited into your personal account to avoid triggering suspision.
You are expected to fill the appropriate column in the attached form and attach it in and email it to us in your next mail so that we can confirm your accreditation and forward you the necessary details and information to make your services to Godo Steel Ltd. a lot easier.
I hope to hear from you soon
Thanks for understanding and cooperation.
Godo Steel Ltd.
October 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm, Richard said:
I just got this email through Linked In.
“Greetings from Japan and Thanks for accepting my connection request. GODO STEEL LIMITED seek for Corporate Company, Firms Or Business Institutions to “Partner” and “Represent” us in America irrespective of your current job or field of expertise, Peradventure you are interested kindly contact the CEO via: [email protected] for details on job responsibility, requirements and benefits.
Note that this is a part time position that takes less than an hour of your time daily.
Thanks and Regards,
Member Board of Director, Godo Steel, Ltd.
On behalf Of the CEO & BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Greetings from LinkedIn”
November 26, 2015 at 3:21 am, Joanne said:
I was contacted on linkedin by a Takuya Konno posing as an executive for Godo Steel for the same scam mentioned above for a rep for canada and us. I was sent an offer letter from Meiga Takayoshi. I was gullible and gave my company info before I was able to piece it together. Takuya Konno swiftly deleted his linkedin account once I asked for Meiga to send me a PM on linkedin to confirm the offer was authentic. Of course not and apparently a scam in progress.
November 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm, SIdney said:
I have also received this scam (among many) that sent me a form asking me to provide pertinent information about myself. I politely told trhem to fornicate themselves
May 10, 2017 at 10:35 pm, John said:
I was contacted by GODO Steel with offer of employment and attached docs to sign. Base of $3750/month plus commission of 5% per transaction