FRAUD ALERT: Business representation scam from "Nagamoto Jim"
Confirmed email scam attempts purportedly from "Nagamoto Jim" have been circulating – one of the reported examples is below:
From: pasyn [mailto: pasyn @ ch .pw .edu .pl]
Sent: October 22, 2014 12:21 PM
Subject: Conflict Check
Mr. Nagamoto Jim. an attorney of Chan Feng Law Firm Office here in Japan.We would like to know if you have conflict that will prevent you from representing our client Renesas Electronics Corporation, against an entity in your jurisdiction.
This matter regards shipment and product's standard. We have explore all avenues to resolve this issue amicably, unfortunately we have not progressed as expected.
If you require the name of the opposing party to conduct your conflict check, please respond to our inquiry and we are ready to pay your retainer fee immediately
Mr. Nagamoto Jim.
Chan Feng Law Firm
NBF Hibiya Building 14F
1-1-7, Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0011, Japan
Although details in the email may vary slightly, the scam process is consistent with commonly seen fraud attempts. Any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.
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