FRAUD ALERT: Business transaction scam from "Morihiro Gotoh"

The following email purportedly from “Morihiro Gotoh” requests representation in a business transaction:

From: Morihiro Gotoh [mailto : morihirogotoh @ outlook. com]

Sent: August-22-15 07:32 AM
Subject: Legal Matters

Dear Attorney
I am making an inquiry, Please do indicate if you handle commercial, contract, agency or business related matters?

Thank You
Morihiro Gotoh

This has been confirmed as a scam attempt — any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.

Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.

Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them. Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.

If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.

For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on lians.ca. To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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