- URGENT WARNING ON RISING FRAUD IN VEHICLE IMPORTATION FROM JAPAN
URGENT WARNING ON RISING FRAUD IN VEHICLE IMPORTATION FROM JAPAN
16th October 2023
Further to earlier warnings on this subject, the Embassy once again wishes to bring to the attention of Kenyans that fraud in the purchase of motor vehicles from Japan has attained alarming levels, with many Kenyans losing valuable funds to unscrupulous used motor vehicle exporters. Consequently, the Embassy is overwhelmed by messages of appeal for assistance to recover cash by Kenyans who have fallen victim.
The Embassy would like to inform that it has constantly engaged the relevant authorities to prosecute the unscrupulous business practitioners but the following factors have impeded action:
- Under the Japanese law, fraud is regarded as a civil offence which can only be resolved through INTERPOL or by engaging a lawyer for the due process.
- Most of fraudulent cases are carried out by foreigners singularly or in collaboration with Japanese criminals through fake internet addresses that are not officially registered, or even sometimes registered officially. This makes it even harder to identify fraudulent cases from genuine ones. In addition, they are not physically on the ground with offices/vehicle yards. In some respect, some may not even be living and operating from Japan. Consequently, it has been extremely difficult to trace them.
URGENT WARNING ON RECENTLY REPORTED FRAUD CASES
We have received a complaint against one Global Partners Co., Ltd. who received money from a Kenyan used-vehicle buyer three and half years ago.
Wada Bldg. 101, 2-37-12 Minami Otsuka, Toshima-ku TOKYO 170-0005 JAPAN
In spite of the open line of communication between the Global Partners Co., Ltd. and the complainant, the over prolonged duration of non delivery of the vehicle with no refund forthcoming, warrants the Embassy to caution other Kenyan against the dealer. The contact for Global Partners Co., Ltd. given by the name Mr. Kazuki Morisawa or Mr. Yuki Aoshima.
2. TOKYO TRADING LTD.
836-1 Haematsu, Kawaguchi Shi, SAITAMA 334-0062
The allegations are that the dealer known by the name Daniel stopped communication after money was paid into the company account. The Embassy therefore wishes to advise Kenyans not to transfer funds to the company through their bank accounts as indicated below:
Mizuho Bank (Soka Branch) 3042710
Sumitomo Mitsui Bank (Soka Branch) 143729
The Embassy also wishes to remind Kenyans that our earlier warning against sending money to the following companies still stands:
3. AUCTION HOUSE JAPAN
5. CAR HUB JAPAN
101, Hashimoto house 4-1-1 Shirokane Minato-Ku Tokyo 108-0072
Oak Minami-Azabu Budg. 11F, 3-19-23 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0047
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (Akasaka Branch)
Account 1: No. 2853688 (Auction House Japan)
Account 2: No. 2854439 (Autorod Co., Ltd.)
Account 3: No. 2853661 (Car Hub Japan)
The Embassy wishes to remind Kenyans to check the genuineness of companies they are dealing with before committing their funds. The embassy further reiterate that prospective buyers should only deal with companies which are members of the Japanese Used Motor Vehicle Exporters Association (JUMVEA) https://jumvea.or.jp/ which ensures that its members are severely punished and funds refunded in case of any misdeed.