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Date First Reported: September 2011

Primary Name Associated: Hosni Yuki

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Realtors in Wisconsin and California advised us that they have been contacted by the purported Hosni Yuki with regards to a real estate purchase. As with scams under the names Shiukmoda Joji and Jyoung Chung Tu, it appears that this fraud is a set-up for a request to return real estate deal deposit monies paid with a bad cheque. Ontario lawyers should be on the lookout as well. For a full description of how this fraud works and a list of names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is a copy of the initial contact email:

Date: 2011-08-25 13:21:05
From: hosniyuki@hotmail.com
To: Lawyer name
Subject: Hello

Hello,

I am Mr.Hosni Yuki. a Japanese origin I need a 4 to 5 bed room single family home to buy and it as to be a traditional sale and its going to be a cash buy, with a garage and 2 bath with or without swimming pool price should be $350,000 to $500,000.00 please send me some listing/MLS to choose in any of this area good and nice to stay as my retirement home.

I am currently in a remote area in Japan for further information Note: I will contact you after choosing from your listing.

Mr,Hosni Yuki.

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to fraudinfo@lawpro.ca.

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