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:firstname.lastname@example.org]
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
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
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.
My email is: email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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