Collaborative family law agreement scam by Sherry Martinez
Date First Reported: September 2011
Primary Name Associated: Sherry Martinez
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Sherry Martinez 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:
From: Sherry R.Martinez. [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 2:45 PM
Subject: Legal help
I am Sherry Martinez. I am contacting this firm in regards to my settlement
with my separated husband (Robert Martinez) who resides in your
jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in Asia. We had an out of court
agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $848,900.00 plus
legal fees. He has only paid me $184,000.00.
I am hereby requesting your firm to assist in collecting the balance from
him. He is willing to pay me the balance but I would appreciate if your
office handles the collection process from my ex to avoid further delays or
litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.
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