Collaborative family law agreement collection scam by Vera Ho
Date First Reported: December 2010
Primary Name Associated: Vera Ho
Description of Potential Fraud:
Over the last four weeks several Ontario lawyers have reported receiving the message reproduced below from the purported Vera Ho.
The reply to address is different from the sender address (a red flag): [email protected]
This message is identical (excepting the subject line) to the initial contact message other lawyers have received recently from the purported Peggy Higashi (ex-husband Landscott Higashi).
From: “MS. VERA HO”
To: undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: Dear Counsel
My name is Ms.Vera Ho, I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex-husband (Mr.Vance Ho ) who resides in your jurisdiction. I recently got a teaching job with a 2 year teaching contract in ASIA/HONG KONG so I am out of the country for now. We had an out of court, Agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $948,450.00 To his credit, he has paid me $204,000 but still owing $744,450. I have tried with several failed attempts to collect the balance from him and he seems not to be coming through.
I am hereby seeking your firm to assist me in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay me the balance but It is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect the payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.
Your immediate response towards this mail will be highly appreciated.
If you have been targeted by this fraud, please forward any of the emails you have received to [email protected].
If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO (instructions on how are here), as there may be a claim against you.
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