22nd July 2021
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:
We have received complaints about Tokyo Trading Ltd., receiving money from Kenyans and not sending them the cars as agreed. The company contacts as given below seem not to be in use since we have tried to reach them through the same to no avail.
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:
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.