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Date First Reported: September 2011

Primary Name Associated: Henriet Kazuo

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Six Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Henriet Kazuo with regards to a collaborative family law agreement collection. This is a currently active fraud with some lawyers reporting to us that they have receieved phone calls from the alleged ex-husband promising payment with the last 24 hours (October 4, 2011). The wording of the initial contact email, and even the name of the ex-husband, is nearly identical to a previous scam we’ve seen under the name Kazuo Miyoko. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is the message:

From: Henriet m. Kazuo [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 10:47 AM
To: lawyer name
Subject: Dear lawyer name, inquiry

Dear (lawyer name),

My name is Henriet, I am contacting your law firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex-husband Naoki Kazuo who resides in your jurisdiction.

We had out of court (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to settle me with usd648,000 he only paid usd148,000 and has been proving extremely difficult to balance the shortfall. I am seeking your law firm`s legal assistance to help get the balance from him.

He agreed already to pay the balance, but it is my belief that he will fail again, because he has been flip-flopping for more than a year ago and that is my reason to contact a Law firm like yours to help enforce him to comply with the rest payments. Please get hold of me at the earliest convenience to let me know your procedure and operational charges.

kind regards,

Henriet.

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