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Date First Reported: August 2011

Primary Name Associated: Kim Yong

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Four Ontario lawyers have informed us they have received emails that look like the collaborative family law agreement scam we’ve seen many times, but with a new name: Kim Yong. For the full list of the names attached to this scam see our Confirmed Fraud page

As in others, the initial contact message suggests a payment is owed further to a collaborative law agreement. These fraudsters will actively respond to communications, sign retainer agreements (but not pay retainers as promised), provided identity documents and other supporting documentation, including copies of the collaborative agreement, a payment agreement and ultimately a fake cheque or bank draft. See the above posts for samples of these documents. One Ontario lawyer was successfully duped by this fraud. For a more detailed description on how these bad cheque scams work see this earlier AvoidAClaim post.

Here is the message. Note the two email addresses used. Another address used was [email protected]

From: Kim Yong [email protected]
Sent: August 3, 2011 4:33 AM
Subject: READ

Dear Counsel,
My name is Kim Yong and I am contacting your Law firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband (Lee Yun Cheng) who resides in your jurisdiction, presently i am currently on an assignment in South Korea.
We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $914,000.00 plus legal fees in 2008, but to date he has only paid me $104,000.00. I am hereby seeking your firm’s to assistance in collecting the balance which was agreed upon when we got into the out of court deal by either mediation or if need be by litigation.
Yours Faithfully
Kim Yong
[email protected]

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 [email protected]

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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Fraud Fact SheetMore fraud prevention information and resources are available on the practicePRO Fraud page, including the Fraud Fact Sheet, a handy reference for lawyers and law firm staff that describes the common frauds and the red flags that can help identify them.