Date First Reported: February 2013

Primary Name Associated: Nana Miyashita

Description of Potential Fraud:


Four lawyers in the U.S. and one in Ontario reported to us that he’s been contacted by the purported Harumasa (or Nana) Miyashita of Miyaobi Publishing Co with regards to retaining their services to collect on a breach of an IP agreement. For details of how this scam works and to see other names associated with it, see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is the initial email.

Subject: Legal Matter
From: Harumasa Miyashita
Date: Mon, February 04, 2013 10:09 pm

We are media publisher company here in Japan and we have Intellectual Property agreement matter in your jurisdiction.
Please advise us on your standard retainer fee so that we can forward you the agreement for your review and run a conflict check.

Yours Sincerely

Mr. Harumasa Miyashita
Miyaobi Publishing Co., Ltd.
739-1, Makura-chou,
Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
Zip: 602-8488
TEL: 075-441-7747
Email:[email protected]

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