Today a number of Ontario lawyers have alerted us to a yet another new name for an old scam. Lynda Jenkins is looking for lawyers to help her collect money owed by her ex-husband under a collaborative family law agreement. It is similar to the many other frauds of this kind we have seen under numerous names (all of which can be found on our Confirmed Fraud page). For details of how this fraud works see this earlier AvoidAClaim post.
Here is the message:
From: LINDA JENKINS email@example.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 5:36 AM
Subject: I NEED YOUR LEGAL SERVICE
My name is Mrs LYNDA W. JENKINS I was married to my ex husband RANDY JENKINS (who lives in your jurisdiction). In September2009, We mutually agreed under a Collaborative Participation Law Agreement to go our separate ways. RANDY had agreed to pay me $650,000.00 under terms of the agreement so that I can settle down and to his credit; he has paid me $100,000.00 but with an outstanding balance of $550,000.00.I am hereby seeking your legal assistance in collecting the balance or helping me enforce the agreement, and have him honor the agreement inentirety. I will be providing further information upon your request. I believe that one of the reasons he has refused to pay is because I have re-married. I understand that been remarried does not automatically void the agreement. Prior to our separation due to irreconcilable differences, we were married for 22yrs of which by his instruction, I was a full time house wife to carter for our child.
Please get back to me if this is a case you can undertake. Let me know if you require consultation fee before you advice or look at the evidence, I am hereby seeking your firm to assist 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 payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fail to pay
LYNDA W. JENKINS
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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