Date First Reported: September 2015

Primary Name Associated: Chizuki Ban

Description of Potential Fraud:


An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Chizuki Ban of SR Service 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).

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 message sent to the lawyer:

From: Mr. Chizuki Ban
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 4:57 PM
Subject: Legal Counsel For Purchase Agreement
To: Dear Counsel,

Legal Counsel For Purchase Agreement.
Our company is in the process of selling one of its ‘Sand and Gravel
Dredge and Process Plant’ 130213-DP,and a company in your
jurisdiction,are ready and willing to buy this Dredger and has sent us
a Letter of intent LOI.
We will like to engage your law firm as our attorney in this
transaction. Please let me know if your Firm handle Purchase
transactions and agreements, so I can send you the company name for
your conflict check.

I look forward to your response.

Best Regards
Mr. Chizuki Ban
Executive Director Sales
For President
18-6, Akanishi, Otsuka,
Isshiki-cho,, Nishio-shi, Japan

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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