Fraudulent Email Alert

Nov. 19, 2012

It has been brought to our attention that lawyers in different countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, have received fraudulent e-mails sent by a person claiming to be a senior executive of Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation. These e-mails request the lawyer’s services in collecting delinquent or past due accounts supposedly accrued by local companies often citing “international legal boundaries” that prevent Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation from collecting the debt directly. When the lawyer agrees to perform the services, the sender will identify a local company that owes a debt to Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation. Many of these e-mails have been sent from private email services such as "," "" or "," although they may appear upon initial examination to have been sent from authentic Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal e-mail addresses.

These e-mails are hoax. Recipients of such email inquiries are advised not to respond. Please do not attempt to undertake any business arrangement with persons purporting to act for, or on behalf of, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation until you have confirmed the identity of the individual soliciting your services. If you received an email from Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation soliciting legal services, you can confirm whether this contact is legitimate by contacting us at

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