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Collaborative family law agreement scam by Jacklyn Kaidence

September 23, 2011 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

Two lawyers, one in Ontario and one in Nevada, have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Jacklyn Kaidence with regards to a collaborative family law agreement collection. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is an example of the email messages and supporting documents provided by the fraudsters:

From: Mrs. Jaclyn Kaidence [mailto:kaje3446@gmail.com]
Sent: September 22, 2011 7:58 AM
To: lawyer name
Subject: I Require a Counsel

Dear **lawyer name**

My name is Mrs.Jaclyn Kaidence. I am contacting your firm in regards to a
divorce settlement with my ex husband Mr.Cheng Kaidence who resides in your
jurisdiction.

We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to
pay $950,500.00. He has only paid me $251,500 since 1st July 2009

I am hereby seeking your firm`s assistance 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/enforce payment from my
ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

Kindly Reply.

My email is: kaje3446@hotmail.com

Your’s truly,

Mrs.Jaclyn Kaidence.

After an initial reply by the lawyer, this response was received:

Thanks for the reply.I am presently out of the country to Japan for some pressing issues . I want you to know that, my ex-husband and I had a collaborative agreement, an out of court agreement after our final Divorce Decree, to pay me a one time cash settlement of $950,500.00 usd to his credit, he has paid me $251,500 usd but still owing $699,000.00 usd. Attach herewith is a copy of the Collaborative law agreement in jpg format and a copy of my international passport for your review. I tried calling a couple of times and with the time difference(+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to gauge the best time to reach you. Currently am living in South Korea for an assignment.

The lawyer that represented me (Ms.Susan E. Hargrove) is retired now and I have not been able to make contact with her til date. As you know time is of great essence. As stated in the collaborative law agreement, I understand that any lawyer can represent either of us when appropriate and needed. My husband is aware of my intention to seek legal actions and I am yet to advise him I’m planning on retaining your firm.

If possible please send me a retainer agreement so that we can proceed. All the necessary information I have given to you is what I can offer for now, once I receive a standard retainer from your firm, I will go through the agreement and I will get back to you within the next couples of days, and if I am satisfied with what ever I see, I will provide you with more documentations and copy of divorce decree regarding Mr.Cheng Kaidence and I, I will also give your firm a call at my earliest convenience.

I hope to hear from you soonest in this regards.

Yours Truly,
Mrs.Jaclyn Kaidence.

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 fraudinfo@lawpro.ca.

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.

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16 Responses to “Collaborative family law agreement scam by Jacklyn Kaidence”


  1. Steven D. says:

    I have received this scam e-mail on three occasions. The latest, today 9/26/11 is identical in almost all content. However the petitioner is now Crystal Masaru and the respondent is Bloombeg Masaru. The first version of this I recieved made reference to the same facts but with the respondent living “in your area”. The latest version included the town I practice in

  2. Mário Jorge Deretti says:

    I am a Brazilian lawyer and I just get this message.

  3. Bernhard Mecklenborg says:

    I am a german lawyerr und recieved a first message via XING.com and than the email. Here is the text:

    “…Dear Counsel,

    My client name is Mrs Miyoko Kazuo. I need your help in regards to a divorce settlement with her ex husband Naoki Kazuo who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in S.Korea. We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $648,450.00 plus legal fees.

    He has only paid me $148,000 since. I am hereby seeking your firm`s assistance in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay my client the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect/enforce payment from her ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    I would love to discuses this further because of the time difference between Asia and Yours we prefer communication via email.

    Kindly send me your email address for me to send you more details about the case.

    Regards,
    Ohnuki Kensuke attorney-at- law
    Satsuki Law Firm
    Daini-Tobundo Bldg.3rd Floor,
    Agebacho 2-16, Shinjuku-ku,
    Tokyo 162-0824 Japan …”

    After that, i recieved the following email:

    “…Dear Counsel,

    Thanks for the reply. My client ex-husband live in Germany right now. I want you to know that, my client and her ex-husband had a collaborative agreement, an out of court agreement after their final Divorce Decree, to pay my client Miyoko a one time cash settlement of $ 648,450.00 usd to his credit, he has paid me $ 148,000.00 usd but still owing $ 500,450.00 usd. Attach herewith is a copy of the Collaborative law agreement in pdf format for your review.

    The lawyer that represented my client is (Ms.Susan E. Hargrove) is retired now and I have not been able to make contact with her til date. As you know time is of great essence. As stated in the collaborative law agreement, I understand that any lawyer can represent both party when appropriate and needed. My client husband is aware of my intention to seek legal actions and I am yet to advise him I’m planning on retaining your firm.

    If possible please send me a retainer agreement so that we can proceed. All the necessary information my client has given to you is what she can offer for now, once I receive a standard retainer from your firm, I will go through the agreement and I will get back to you within the next couples of days, and if I am satisfied with what ever I see, I will provide you with more documentations and copy of divorce decree regarding Mr. Naoki and I and also give your firm a call at my earliest convenience. I hope to hear from you soonest in this regards.

    Regards,
    Ohnuki Kensuke attorney-at-law
    Satsuki Law Firm
    Daini-Tobundo Bldg.3rd Floor,
    Agebacho 2-16, Shinjuku-ku,
    Tokyo 162-0824 Japan….”

  4. I am german lawyer and received exactly the same e-mail as B.Mecklenborg on Nov.29 2013.
    How should one raact to this ?

  5. TimLemieux says:

    Best to just ignore these emails entirely.

  6. Christos Papoutsis says:

    I received yesterday an email like the one above from Tomohisa Shinagawa [tomohisashinagawa@yeah.net]. The thing is that the he connected with me in Linked In first, and then he asked my email. I have already sent you the email with the attached documents.

  7. İlayda Atay says:

    I received yesterday an email above mentioned from Tomohisa Shinagawa [tomohisashinagawa@yeah.net]. He connected with me in Linked at first, and then he asked my email. I have already sent you the email with the attached documents.

  8. Theodoros Skouzos says:

    I received the same e-mail woth Mr. Papoutsis. Also same sequence. First a linked in invitation to connect and then a chain of e-mails with the same content from a lawyer called Tomohisa Shinagawa

  9. Iris Pensa says:

    We have recieved e-mail from Keisuke Ide (attorney_keisuke@yeah.net); parties involved: Mikazuki Kamenosuke; Hachiuma Kamenosuke.

  10. Konstantinos Gousis says:

    I received some days ago, an e-mails like the one above from Tomohisa Shinagawa [tomohisashinagawa@yeah.net] same as Mr Papoutsis and Mr Skouzos. The thing is that the he connected with me in Linkedin first, and then he asked my e-mail. He send me a chain of e-mails and i send back a retainers agreement. His client signed the agreement and after he asked for my acount info.. hopefully i found out your website..I will ignore him from now on, should i do anything more?

  11. TimLemieux says:

    Not much more that can be done other than ignoring the emails.

  12. Volodymyr says:

    Dear,
    I am Ukrainian lawyer.
    I received today the similar messages as you mention on avoidclaim.com (see below)
    Thank you for your useful information.
    The lawyer who sent me the request found me through linkedin. Here is his page: http://www.linkedin.com/inbox/#detail?itemId=I697223082_65&trk=COMM_NI
    Please inform me if I am at risk. I just receive a Collaborative Law Participation Agreement from him in pdf. Format.
    It seems to me very strange so I tried to check through the Internet.
    Thanks again!
    Best regards,

    Volodymyr Gubenko
    Managing Partner

    Gubenko and Partners
    Law Firm

    97/37, Volodymyrska Str., 3rd floor,
    Kyiv 01033, Ukraine
    Cell.: + 380 67 504 92 16
    Cell.: + 380 50 419 22 91
    Tel.: + 380 44 360 81 44
    Tel.: + 380 44 360 83 44
    Tel.: + 380 44 360 86 44
    http://www.gubenko.ua

    ——————————————————————————–

    From: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune [mailto:contact@amtlawyer.onmicrosoft.com]
    Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:12 PM
    To: Volodymyr Gubenko
    Subject: Divorce Settlement…More Details.

    Dear Colleague,

    Thanks for the reply. My client ex-husband live in Ukraine right now. I want you to know that, my client and her ex-husband had a collaborative agreement, an out of court agreement after their final Divorce Decree, to pay my client Mikazuki a one time cash settlement of $ 748,450.00 usd to his credit, he has paid me $ 148,000.00 usd but still owing $ 600,450.00 usd. Attach herewith is a copy of the Collaborative law agreement in pdf format for your review.

    The lawyer that represented my client is (Ms.Susan E. Hargrove) is retired now and I have not been able to make contact with her til date. As you know time is of great essence. As stated in the collaborative law agreement, I understand that any lawyer can represent both party when appropriate and needed. My client husband is aware of my intention to seek legal actions and I am yet to advise him I’m planning on retaining your firm.

    If possible please send me a retainer agreement so that we can proceed. All the necessary information my client has given to you is what she can offer for now, once I receive a standard retainer from your firm, I will go through the agreement and I will get back to you within the next couples of days, and if I am satisfied with what ever I see, I will provide you with more documentations and copy of divorce decree regarding Mr. Hachiuma and I and also give your firm a call at my earliest convenience. I hope to hear from you soonest in this regards.

    Kind Regards,

    Eiji Kobayashi

    attorney-at-law

    Akasaka K-Tower, 2-7, Motoakasaka 1-chome

    Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0051, Japan

    (Reception: 22nd Floor)​

  13. dr.Mak says:

    Hi, I am a Hungarian lawyer and first I was contacted through linkedin then via email. The below message came. I just ignore the mail.

    Dear Colleague,

    My client name is Mrs Mikazuki Kamenosuke. I need your help in regards to a divorce settlement with her ex husband Mr Hachiuma Kamenosuke who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in China. We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $748,450.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $148,000 since.

    I am hereby seeking your firm`s assistance in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay my client the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect/enforce payment from her ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    I would love to discuses this further because of the time difference between Asia and Yours we prefer communication via email.

    Kind Regards,
    Nobuhiro Wada (Partner)
    Shin Kojimachi Bldg., 5th Floor
    4-3-3 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku
    Tokyo 102-0083 JAPAN

  14. Edi says:

    I am a lawyer from Croatia and i have received same e-mail as colleague from Hungary. The only difference is that in my case as Mrs. Kamenosuke’s lawyer is signed Akimitsu Kamori and the seat of lawyer’s office is also different. I also have been approached via linkedin.

    Best regards to all

  15. Petar Barbaric says:

    Dear Sirs,
    I am lawyer based in Zagreb, Croatia.
    I received several email messages as you mention on avoidclaim.com
    Thank you for your useful information.
    As mentioned by other lawyers, the lawyer who sent me the emails regarding legal representation found me through linked in, then switched to email communication. Finally i received a Collaborative Law Participation Agreement from him in pdf. It seems to me very strange so I tried to check through the Internet and found this website.
    Scam attorney name was: Akimitsu Kamori from Tokyo, Japan
    Scam clients names were: Mrs. Mikazuki Kamenosuke and Mr. Hachiuma Kamenosuke
    Regarding: “divorce settlement” based on the “Collaborative Law Agreement”
    Everything else were like already described on this website.

    Best regards,

    Petar Barbarić
    Attorney at Law

    BARBARIC LAW OFFICE
    KOTURAŠKA 53
    10000 ZAGREB
    CROATIA
    T: (+385) 01 6171 304
    F: (+385) 01 6171 305
    INFO@BARBARIC.HR

  16. Viljar Kähari says:

    Our law firm received the following letter on 20 May 2014

    From: “Takeshi Mukawa”
    To: Viljar Kähari/PwCLegal/EE/TLS/PwC@EMEA-CEE
    Date: 21.05.2014 01:40
    Subject: Hello Colleague

    Dear Colleague
    Thanks for getting back to me; my client name is Mrs Mikazuki Kamenosuke. I need your help in regards to a divorce settlement with her ex-husband Mr Hachiuma Kamenosuke who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in S. Korea. We had an out of court agreement (collaborative law agreement) for him to pay $748,450.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $148,000.00 since. I am hereby seeking your firm’s assistance in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay my client the balance but it is my belief that a law firm like yours is needed to help me collect/enforce payment from her ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    Regards
    Takeshi Mukawa
    MORI HAMADA & MATSUMOTO
    (Partner)
    Within 23 wards, Tokyo, Japan,
    Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8385
    TEL:+81-3-5223-7553
    FAX:+81-3-5223-7873



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