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Date First Reported: September 2012

Primary Name Associated: Yasuhiro Akahane

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Thirteen lawyers in Canada and the US have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Yasuhiro Akahane of Akahane Electronics Industry Corp regards to a commercial debt litigation scam. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.

Here is the initial email:

From: Yasuhiro Akahane [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 7:10 PM
To: Lawyer name
Subject: I need a Business/Commercial litigation lawyer

Dear Sir/Madam,

Akahane Electronics Industry. Corp.
is a Japan based company We require your firms Legal services in some outstanding payment matters with a number of debtors in your juridiction.
Please confirm your firm’s availability in this regards for services, as we await your prompt reply.

Do have a nice day.

Yasuhiro Akahane
Senior Executive Manager
Akahane Electronics Industry. Corp.
Rm.1101, Castle Shinjuku
31-4, Yoyogi 4-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
ZIP 151-0053
Ph: (03)3474-6711:

A lawyer who replied got the following response and fake documentation:

Thanks for your responds, please see attached document for your review run a conflict check and advice on your retainer fee
our opposing company information is below the breach of contract is for the sum of $1,150,000.00

Debtor

De Hart Marine Electronics Inc
134 W Carolina Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-4612

Please send us retainer agreement ( engagement letter) looking forward hearing from you.

Regards

Yasuhiro Akahane
Senior Executive Manager
Akahane Electronics Industry. Corp.
Rm.1101, Castle Shinjuku
31-4, Yoyogi 4-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
ZIP 151-0053




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