Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Linda Aioko and KIJ Corporation
Date First Reported: August 2015
Primary Name Associated: Linda Aioko
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Zuoshang Xu of Hung Hua Construction Corporation 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 email sent to the lawyer:
From: Harrison Kho [email protected]
Date: 08-15-2015 2:14 PM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: Further Information
This is a follow up email in regards to my request to you in my
previous email; My company is in the process of selling one of its
Dredgers. Please find below the name of the proposed buyer for your
conflict check. I want to know your hourly rate for preparing a
purchase agreement, I have attached some necessary details of the
Dredger for your review please advise me on your rate, initial
retainer fee and forward me your retainer agreement.
407 Basaltic Road
Canada L4K 4W8
I await your prompt response.
For: Tokuaki Kojima
President & CEO
KIJ Corporation Ltd.
1-6 Kiba-cho, Minato-ku
Nagoya 455-0021, Japan
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