Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Shigeo Akio and Eikoh Trading
Date First Reported: September 2015
Primary Name Associated: Shigeo Akio
Description of Potential Fraud:
A Texas firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Shigeo Akio of Eikoh Trading looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.
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 initial email sent to the lawyer:
From: Shigeo Akio [email protected]
Date: Thu, September 10, 2015 3:05 pm
We need your legal assistance with “Conveyance” business transaction/drafting of sales agreement. A referral will be appreciated if you are unable to assist, please advise.
Head of Sales & Logistics
Dredging, Environmental & Marine Engineering
©2015 EIKOH TRADING INC. All rights reserved.
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