Commercial equipment purchase scam using the names Izumi Amari (or Kouichi Satoshi) and Hitachi High-Technologies
Date First Reported: August 2015
Primary Name Associated: Izumi Amari
Description of Potential Fraud:
A New Jersey firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Izumi Amari (or Kouichi Satoshi) of Hitachi High-Technologies 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 contact email sent to the lawyer:
Replying to the message brought this response:
Thank you for the reply. This is a transaction sales and its commercial.
Below is the details of the sales.
In introducing myself first; I am Izumi Amari, Director of Sales under
Hitachi High-Technologies Inc and I’m representing Smith Lee-Chung
(MIRAI GROUP CO. LTD) in the North America Region.
However, my company is in the process of selling a dredger to a buyer
residing in your area. I need an attorney to help me draft a purchase
and sale agreement for the transaction. I have attached some necessary
details of the dredger for your review, please advise on your rate,
retainer fee and forward to me your retainer agreement to sign,sales
price totaling ( Two Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars).
You can send us your retainer fees and terms for my company to study,
once we agree with the terms, we will sign them and send it back to you.
I will be looking forward to reading from you soonest.
Find below the name of the proposed buyer for your conflict check.
Marine Contractors Jv
4801 South Wood Avenue
Linden, NJ 07036
Director of Sales
Hitachi High-Technologies Inc
89 Galaxy Blvd,
Etobicoke, ON Canada M9W 6A4
Fax : (226) 838-0993
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