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Date First Reported: January 2011

Primary Name Associated: Donna Lynn Chipman

Description of Potential Fraud:

fraud-warning

We have recently received notice from a number of lawyers of an attempted family law agreement collection scam by the purported Donna Lynn Chipman. This is a name that that appeared on some previous fraud attempts, but that we have not been seen for several months.

It seems that some lawyers are getting a lengthy introductory email, and others are getting a very short one. Both versions follow.

Here is the long version:
From: Mrs. Donna Lynn Chipman. [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, September 23, 2010 10:35 PM
Subject: Divorce matter >>> I need your help.
Attention Counselor.

I am Donna Lynn Chipman.

I feel I can I can trust you and so I am contacting this firm in regards to my settlement with my separated husband (Ashak R. Chipman) who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in Asia. We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $848,900.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $184,000.00 when I became homeless some time back. I lost everything back than you know. I conceded that I have no other alternative at that time and so I accepted this first payment.

I am hereby requesting your firm to assist in collecting the balance from him. I need this balance because I have several time sensitive things on the plate that must not be left to spoil. It is not a sustainable situation in the long run for me if I do not get money to fix myself quickly. He is willing to pay me but that is not the point. The thing here is I am not easily satisfied with just mere promises coming from him. Truth be told , I’ve been feeling it out. Also, that can mean irrational. This is because my separated husband is a man who looks money in the face a long time before he finally put it to a binding commitment. I once lived with him and so I know whereof I speak when I say that about him. It robs me of words to describe him in full.

So ideally and going by his nature, I think it’s very important to compel him to act expediently to our agreement and also for our system of laws. I mean to say; lets create a sense that this agreement between us has a definite concluding point. Actions must speak louder than words now. That is the main challenge for me!

In other respects, and taking things as they are, I would appreciate if your office handles the collection process from my ex Husband and to making this balance settlement to me happen. I have a strong conviction that with your firm’s assistance he will conduct himself in the right way and avoid further delays or, outside of all considerations; you will litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

I thank you for your chance, and if you can get back to me soon on this
matter it is alright too.

Sincerely,
Donna Lynn Chipman.
3A, Jalan wawasan 16 Taman
Perindustrian Sri Gading
83300 Batu Pahat, Johor,
Malaysia .

And here is the short version:

—- Forwarded Message —-
From: Donna Chipman
Sent: Mon, November 29, 2010 2:14:04 PM
Subject: LEGAL HELP NEEDED

Hi Sir/Madam,
I am Donna Lynn Chipman. I am contacting this firm in regards to my settlement with my separated husband (Ashak R. Chipman) who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in Asia. We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $848,900.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $184,000.00. I am hereby requesting your firm to assist in collecting the balance from him. He is willing to pay me the balance but I would appreciate if your office handles the collection process from my ex to avoid further delays or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.
Sincerely,
Donna Lynn Chipman.

This appears to be a bad cheque scam (for details on how these work see this earlier AvoidAClaim post)

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