Date First Reported: September 2012

Primary Name Associated: Hiroaki Miyahara

Description of Potential Fraud:


Two lawyers in Ontario and one in Oregon have reported to us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Hiroaki Miyahara of Gakken Co Ltd with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. This is similar to other IP and copyright frauds we’ve seen. For details on how this scam works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is the initial email.

From: Hiroaki Miyahara [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: 12 September 2012 14:40
To: Chester, Simon (Heenan Blaikie)
Subject: Legal Matter

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

Yours Sincerely

Hiroaki Miyahara
President, Representative Director
Gakken Co., Ltd.,
4-28-5 Nishi-Gotanda Shinagawa-ku
Tokyo Japan 141-8502
Telephone: +81 (0)3/34 93 33 51
[email protected]

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