Debt collection scam by Akihiro Hotaka
Date First Reported: July 2012
Primary Name Associated: Akihiro Hotaka
Description of Potential Fraud:
Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Akihiro Hotaka looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a 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:
Subject: I know you will be able to assist me because i went through your profile.
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 09:48:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mr akihiro Hotaka
Reply-To: Mr akihiro Hotaka
To: lawyer email
Please i am in need of your legal assistance i lent a family friend money and he has refused to pay back the balance of the money,and i hope you will be able to assist me.because i checked your profile.
Below is my email address.
Mr Akihiro Hotaka
A lawyer who replied got this response and copy of the loan agreement:
Thanks for your reply and sorry for the delay it was due to my failing health ,I tried calling you but it was not connecting.Please i need you to help me enforce an agreement with a family friend.i lent him money and he has paid me part of the money and has been promising to pay me the balance and up till date he has not.please i also want to know how much its going to cost me. (your legal fee). i lent him $470 000 00 and has paid me $168 000 00 the balance is $302 000 00.He resides in Toronto.
please i will be very grateful if you can kindly assist me because i am in need of the money now to settle my bills.most especially my medical bill.
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