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Warning to Kenyans

URGENT WARNING ON RISING FRAUD IN VEHICLE IMPORTATION FROM JAPAN

2nd December 2020

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 some cases registered officially. This gives you even harder to identify fraudulent from others. In addition, they are not physically on the ground with offices/vehicle yards. Consequently, it has been extremely difficult to trace them. In some respect, some may not even be living and operating from Japan.

 

URGENT WARNING ON RECENTLY REPORTED FRAUD CASES
1. AUCTION HOUSE JAPAN
2. AUTOROD
3. CAR HUB JAPAN

Addresses:
1. 101, Hashimoto house 4-1-1 Shirokane Minato-Ku Tokyo Japan 108-0072
(Address on Companies’HPs )
2. Oak Minami-Azabu Budg. 11F, 3-19-23 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo Japan 106-0047
(Address on Companies’Invoices)

The allegations are that once money is paid, the dealers stopped communication and are not answering phone calls at all. Please note that the above three companies are operated by the same members and registered or used under the above two addresses.
As complaints of this company have reached alarming levels, the Embassy advises Kenyans not to transfer your funds to following bank accounts:

Bank Name: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation – Akasaka Branch
(2-5-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0052)
Account 1: No. 2853688 (Auction House Japan)
Account 2: No. 2854439 (Autorod Co., Ltd.)
Account 3: No. 2853661 (Car Hub Japan)

The Embassy advised Kenyans to check the genuineness of companies they are dealing with before committing their funds. We have severally advised and wish to 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 it’s members are severely punished and funds refunded in case of any misdeed.