Date First Reported: August 2012

Primary Name Associated: Yuraki Yamanaka

Description of Potential Fraud:


Fourteen lawyers in Canada and the U.S. have told us they received an email from the purported Yuraki Yamanaka of Chan Industries Pte Ltd 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: Muraki Yamanaka
Date: 19 August, 2012 9:33:55 PM EDT
To: [email protected]
Subject: Conflict Check
Reply-To: [email protected]

I Muraki Yamanaka the owner and CEO of Muraki Yamanaka Law Office firm here in Malaysia.
We would like to know if you have conflict that will prevent you from representing our client Renesas Electronics Corporation, against an entity in your jurisdiction.

This matter regards shipment and product’s standard. We have explore all avenues to resolve this issue amicably, unfortunately we have not progressed as expected.
If you require the name of the opposing party to conduct your conflict check, please respond to our inquiry and we are ready to pay your retainer fee immediately

Muraki Yamanaka
Corporate & Commercial Law Firm, Advancing Business.
23-2, Block B, Jaya 1, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya
Kuala Lumpur 46200 Malaysia.
Phone: +60-102890917.

One of the lawyers who replied got this response:

Thanks so much for the mail and hope you had a great weekend?.

I am Yamanaka Muraki , soliciting your representation on behalf of Chan Industries Pte Ltd. We got your contact from the lawyer site ( and as such we need your counsel in litigation to collect a debt owed in the amount of $1,400.000.00USD by a delinquent seller in your region. We prefer to established Our presence in your state via a legal representative, Thereby forcing the seller to comply with payment request as effort made for refund has proven to be abortive.

Below is the location of the delinquent seller for you to run a conflict check, Please send me your retainer agreement for my review thereafter.

Textile World Inc
90 Signet Dr
Toronto, ON M9L 1T5, Canada

We ordered for Machines equipment worth $2,800,000.00 USD, of which 50 percent of the funds was demanded before delivery. Payment to the seller was made in August of 2011 and calculation shows that delivery Mayve three Months late, The regular purchase agreement requires seller to effect goods not later than 60 days upon payment or legal action may be enforced if delivery delay exceeds 90 days.

Up to date we have not gotten any of the machinery equipment, this is why we want back the funds so we can make a new other form a better company because of this the company has really run lost and still ruining lost.

I will forward you supporting documents i.e., proof of payment, sales invoice and wire transfer slip once your retainer agreement is signed.

I look forward to your prompt response and your retainer agreement.

Yamanaka Muraki.
Chan Industries Pte Ltd
Blk 3012 Bedok Industrial
Park E #03-2052 Singapore

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