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Date First Reported: February 2013

Primary Name Associated: Hiroyuki Yamamoto

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Lawyers in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Marhshal Hiroyuki Yamamoto of Eta Electric Industry Co with 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.

We’ve seen two initial emails:

Email #1
From: Hiroyuki Yamamoto [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 31 January 2013 23:05
To: Lawyer name
Subject: Legal Matter

We have communicate with a company whom are customers of ours in your state regards merging, we like to merge with the company to increased revenue, market share, and cross-selling opportunities.
We would like to retainer you to help us in the process to review proposed transactions for acquisitions or purchase of businesses, and creation of contracts for acquisition (merger) , if you are interested
please advise us on your initial retainer fee and agreement and we shall forward you the company information and letter of intent. if this is not your practice please pass it on to the appropriate attorney
Regards
Hiroyuki Yamamoto CEO
Eta Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
16-10, Hon-Haneda 2-chome
Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-8611
Tel: (03)3745-7771
http://www.eta.co.jp/en/
Email: [email protected]

Email #2
From: Hiroyuki Yamamoto [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2013 8:00 PM
To: Lawyer Name
Subject: Legal Matter

We are a media Publishing Company in Japan. We have a breach of intellectual property agreement matter in your jurisdiction, we can
forward you the agreement and the other party information for your review to enable you run a conflict check.

Regards

Hiroyuki Yamamoto CEO
Eta Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
16-10, Hon-Haneda 2-chome
Ota-ku, Tokyo 144-8611
Tel: (03)3745-7771
http://www.eta.co.jp/en/

A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:

Thank you very much for your response. We will be happy to hire your
legal firm in the pursuit of a potential case in a breach of
intellectual property agreement in which our firm now seek redress.

Below is the other party information that has defaulted-
Astute Publishing Company 88 E River Bend Road Fredericksburg, VA 22407-2307
We will also be forwarding to you the documentation of our agreement for your
review if a potential Attorney/client relationship is established.

Please advise us on your retainer fee and forward us your engagement
letter if there is no conflict.

Yamamoto IP AGREEMENT

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