Date First Reported: August 2012

Primary Name Associated: Yamanaka Muraki

Description of Potential Fraud:


Three Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve received an email from the purported Yamanaka Muraki 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.

The name Yamanaka also occured recently in another scam of this kind.

Here is the email:

From: Yamanaka Muraki [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 7:48 AM
To: lawyer email
Subject: lawyer name

Dear Counsel,

I need a Business/Commercial litigation lawyer who can handle a
collection issue. Please let me know if you can be of assistance to me
or If not a referral could be helpful,Thanks and i await your mail.

Best Regards
Yamanaka Murak

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected].

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.

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