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Business debt collection scam by Abraham Yuzuki

September 20, 2012 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

[updated Sept 2013]

Twenty lawyers in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Abraham Yuzuki looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement. This is similar to other frauds of this kind we have seen. For a full description of how this fraud works and to see other names attached to it, see our Confirmed Fraud page that deals with business loan frauds.

Here is the email:

From: ABRAHAM .J. YUZUKI [mailto:abraham_j_yuzuki@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 9:18 AM
Subject: Legal Service Needed!

I need your legal assistance. I provided a friend of mine Mr Brian Caldwell a business loan in the amount of $350,000. He needed this loan to complete an ongoing project he was handling in 2009. Mr Brian is well based in your city and the loan was for 24 months and interest rate of 7.85%. The capital and interest were supposed to be paid on April 15th,
2011 but Mr Brian has only paid $50,000.

Please let me know if this falls within the scope of your practice so that I can provide you with the loan documents and any further information you need to know. My email is: abrahamjyuzuki1@hotmail.com

Thanks,

Abraham J .Yuzuki

When one of the Canadian lawyers replied, he received this further correspondence, and the two documents provided as links below:

His address is: 87 Wellesley Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for your response to my mail, please find attached a PDF version of the Loan agreement Promissory note and receipt.

I expect this to be a non-litigation collection from the borrower but I am prepared to litigate this matter if he is not ready to pay the balance owed on the loan agreement. Note that this loan is not in dispute. The present economic down turn has been cited as the reason for delayed payment, He has continually requested for more time, we strongly believe that the introduction of legal pressure may initiate immediate payment from him. Send me the engagement letter so that we can proceed with this issue with him. I want to also let you know that as an owner of a business, this loan that I gave to Brian (Who I know very well) has caused considerable strain on my operation capital.

Note that this loan is not in dispute.

I am open to either an hourly or contingency fee basis. Please advice

which works better for you.

Abraham J Yuzuki

YUZUKI ELECTRICAL & TRADING COMPANY LTD

Saitamashi,Saitamaken.

Minamiku, Tuji, Japan

Phone: 81-80-41655392.

Receipt - Yuzuki (1)

Agreement – Abraham

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4 Responses to “Business debt collection scam by Abraham Yuzuki”


  1. William Sessions says:

    I got an identical email — only from a gmail account. The account is supposedly in Dallas.

  2. William Sessions says:

    I got an identical email — only from a gmail account. The account is supposedly in Dallas.

    Also got this one earlier in the week:

    From: Fredrik Andor [mailto:fredrikandor_bindustrier@yahoo.no]
    Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:04 PM
    To: (name withheld)@sstexaslaw.com

    Subject: DEBT CASE

    Dear (Name withheld),

    We are seeking for a lawyer to assist in a collection case of over 5 million US dollars which requires immediate attention. If this is within your line of practice please contact me ASAP (fredrikandor_bindustrier@yahoo.no) because i will like to speak with you. I will also appreciate a referral if this is not within your line of practice.

    Sincerely,

    Fredrik Andor

  3. I got one from “Fredrik Andor” also. Similar to the one quoted above, but does not mention a dollar amount. I don’t have clients coming to me without some sort of referal, whether it is my listing on a directory or a friend-of-a-friend, another lawyer or response to an ad, so this being addressed to “Dear Counsel” and no indication as to why this was coming to me made me suspicious. So I put “Fredrik Andor” into my search engine and here I am. Thanks for posting this.

  4. I also got one from “Fredrik Andor” with the email fandor_bjindurstrier@yahoo.no and when I asked him to send from an official email he send from this email: fredrik@bjordal-industrieras.com with the following details;
    This is not an official email. Sorry, I will block you.

    From: Fredrik Andor [mailto:fredrik@bjordal-industrieras.com]
    Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2013 9:11 PM
    To: services@elbedeawilawoffice.com
    Subject: From My officially Email

    I apologize for the delay in responding to your previous mail. On Behalf of Bjordal Industrier AS; I want to thank you for taking time in following up with our legal request. Our company purchased Metal steel materials from Egyptian Iron and Steel Building, which you already know is our debtor. We carried out an inspection on the materials before making payment and arrangements on shipping. After the first inspection was done we agreed to pay them the full amount which was stated on the sales contract. On the day of sailing we carried out a final inspection and discovered that the materials on board were not the same as what we had previously inspected. On that note we cancelled our order and requested for our funds immediately. They promised to return the funds 2 weeks from the day of cancellation which was October 1st 2012 and up till date we have not received any money from this company, all we get is failed promises of an outgoing wire transfer from their bank. We feel if we do not take quick action on this matter we might be on the risk of losing $5,200.000 US Dollars. Find attached our email correspondence with James Haynes from Egyptian Iron and Steel Building.

    If this a case you feel your firm is capable of handling I will advise for you to send your retainer agreement, upon reviewing the agreement we will schedule for a telephone conference before the week runs out, that way we can take things further. Hope to hear from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Fredrik Andor
    Executive Board of Director
    Bjordal IndustrierAS
    Telefon:+47 800 10 738
    Fax: +47 85 22 83 65
    Bjørdal Industrier AS
    Torvmyrane 21, Hovdebygda
    6150 Ørsta, Norge
    http://www.bjordal-industrier.com/no/



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