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Date First Reported: October 2011

Primary Name Associated: Umeko Mizuki

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Three Ontario have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Umeko Mizuki 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

From: UMEKO MIZUKI [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: September-28-11 9:21 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Dear Counsel,

Dear Counsel,

My name is UMEKO MIZUKI. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband SHIG UMEKO 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 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:

[email protected]

Your’s truly,

UMEKO MIZUKI

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.

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