Warning Regarding Sojitz Employee Impersonation Fraud
Recently, our business partners have reported an increase in the number of incidents of persons or groups attempting to commit cyber and telephone scams by fraudulently pretending to be a Sojitz employee in an email or by making a fraudulent phone call using a disguised (spoofed) phone number that appears to be a legitimate Sojitz phone number. The following techniques have been observed in these attempts.
・A person pretending to be a Sojitz employee (speaking English or Japanese) makes a telephone call using a disguised (spoofed) telephone number that appears to be a legitimate Sojitz phone number to request an urgent transfer of funds.
・An email with our email domain (@sojitz.com) in the sender’s address requesting an urgent transfer of funds is sent by someone claiming to be a Sojitz employee. (If you attempt to reply to this email, a different email address appears in the recipient line.)
・An email with our email domain (@sojitz.com) in the sender’s address is sent by someone claiming to be a Sojitz employee and contains a fraudulent invoice and new bank account information for making payments.
・An email is sent from a free email service that includes “Sojitz” or a similar character string in the address (examples: @sojitzcorporation.com, @sojitzgroup.com) requesting the recipient to click a link in the email text or in an attached file that will download a suspicious file to the recipient’s computer.
Please be advised that suspicious telephone calls and emails such as these are fraudulent and have absolutely no connection with Sojitz Corporation. We therefore ask that you exercise utmost caution in dealing with them.
Additionally, we ask that you take the following steps to prevent damages in the event of receiving a fraudulent email or telephone call.
・If you receive a phone call or email purporting to be from a Sojitz employee requesting a transfer of funds, do not reply or comply at that time, and instead contact Sojitz through official channels to verify the request.
・If you receive an email purporting to be from a Sojitz employee requesting you to update bank account information for making payments, contact Sojitz by a means other than email such as by phone to verify the request.
・If you receive a suspicious email, delete it immediately from your inbox and do not click any links contained in the email text or any attached files.