Breach of IP agreement scam by Masatoshi Sugioka
Date First Reported: November 2012
Primary Name Associated: Masatoshi Sugioka
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Masatoshi Sugioka of Inpex Corporation with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. For details of how this scam works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.
Here is the initial email.
From: INPEX CORPORATION, JAPAN [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:55 PM
Subject: Legal Issue
We are a large energy supply business on a global scale company here in Japan and we have a breach of intellectual property agreement matter in your jurisdiction. Please advise us on your retainer fee so that we can forward you the agreement for your review and run a conflict check.
Vice Chairman in charge of HSE
INPEX CORPORATION, JAPAN
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