Date First Reported: November 2013

Primary Name Associated: Hideaki Kubori

Description of Potential Fraud:


Twenty California firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported Hideaki Kubori, representing Yupiteru Industries, to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection.

This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.

Here is the initial contact email sent by the fraudster to the lawyer and subsequent response:

From: [email protected]
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:52:34 -0500
Subject: Legal Rep

I am Mr. Hideaki Kubori the president and Co founder of Hibiya Park Law Offices firm here in Japan. We would like to know if you have any conflict that will prevent you from representing our client Yupiteru Industries Co., Ltd 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
Mr. Hideaki Kubori
Hibiya Park Law Offices
Hibiya Marine Bldg., 5th Floor
5-1 Yurakucho 1-chome
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006
TEL : 81-3-5532-8888
Email; [email protected]

Replying to the email brought this response:

Thank you for your prompt respond, below is the default customer information, please run a conflict check and advise us on your retainer fee also send us your retainer agreement. The outstanding debt is $800,000.00USD.

Adverse Party

Adtec Technology, Inc
48501 Warm Springs Blvd,
Fremont, CA 94539,
United States

We know to litigate in the US is very expensive so we would prefer you send a demand letter first and we will be responsible for your travelling expenses if a demand letter from your firm is not honor.

Once again thanks for your effort and I await your engagement letter as soon as you are clear with the conflict check.


Mr. Hideaki Kubori
Hibiya Park Law Offices
Marine Bldg., 5th Floor
5-1 Yurakucho 1-chome
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006

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].

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