Commercial debt collection scam by Hiroyuki Chan Hughes of Renesas Electronics Corporation
Date First Reported: February 2013
Primary Name Associated: Hiroyuki Hughes
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers and one in Illinois have notified us that they have received an email from the purported Akira Hiraishi of Electronics Corp 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.
Here is the initial email:
From: Hiroyuki Chan Hughes [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:04 PM
To: Lawyer name
Subject: Legal Matter
I Hiroyuki Chan Hughes the owner and CEO of CHAN HUGHES Law Office firm here in Japan.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
Hiroyuki Chan Hughes
CHAN HUGHES LAW
NBF Hibiya Building 14F
1-1-7, Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0011, Japan
Email: [email protected]
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