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Date First Reported: December 2012

Primary Name Associated: Hiroaki Iwasaki

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Four Ontario lawyers have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Hiroaki Iwasaki of Iwasaki Publishing Co Ltd 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: Hiroaki Iwasaki [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: December-03-12 11:08 PM
To: lawyer email
Subject: Legal Matter


We have a breach of intellectual property agreement matter, please contact us if you are can.

Regards
Hiroaki Iwasaki
Iwasaki Publishing Co., Ltd.
1-9-2 Suido Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo Japan 112-0005
Telephone:+81 3 38135526
[email protected]

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If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected]

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