Divorce settlement scam by Elizabeth Nakamura [Updated July 27]

June 24, 2011 By: FraudInfo Category: Fraud warning

Between May and July more than 75 lawyers in Ontario and elsewhere (in the US in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming; and elsewhere in the world from Australia, Jordan and the Marshall Islands) have reported receiving emails similar to the one below from the purported Elizabeth Nakamura.

These are similar to past divorce and collaborative family law fraud attempts we have seen from such names as Peggy Higashi, Beverly Kawashima, and Rita Takahashi. For a full list of names associated with this type of fraud see Avoid a Claim’s Confirmed Frauds page.

An example of the nearly identical messages appears below, along with examples of the documentation provided. Different email addresses are used, including:

  • elizanakamura@iprimus.com.au
  • lizynakamura@iprimus.com.au
  • elizabethnak@iprimus.com.au
  • elizabethnakamura@btinternet.com
  • nakamuelizabeth@iprimus.com.au
  • nakamurlizabeth@iprimus.com.au
  • izbeth@iprimus.com.au

Dear Counsel,
My name is Elizabeth Nakamura. I am contacting your firm in regards to
enforcement/collection or possible litigation of divorce settlement with
my ex husband Collins Nakamura who resides in your jurisdiction. If you are
in the position to represent me at the moment kindly advise immediately.
Your’s truly,
Elizabeth Nakamura

Nakamura Collaborative Agreement

Nakamura divorce filing

Nakamura Settlement Agreement

If you have been targeted by this fraud, please forward any of the emails you have received to fraudinfo@lawpro.ca.

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If you are a LAWPRO insured, please call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899) if you suspect you are acting on a matter that appears like it might be a fraud. 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. In the event the matter you are acting is 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. Instructions on how to report a claim are here.

Further fraud prevention information and resources are available on the practicePRO Fraud page (www.practicepro.ca/fraud), 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.

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6 Responses to “Divorce settlement scam by Elizabeth Nakamura [Updated July 27]”

  1. Paul says:

    I have gotten one of these as well, but how is there fraud involved? If I represent them on a contingent % fee collection basis, how can they get anything out of me???

  2. TimLemieux says:

    It generally works like this:
    If you were to take on the matter, the “husband” would very quickly pay up and a cheque would show up at your office. The fraudster would then tell you to keep your percentage and issue payment to her, which would come out of your trust account. A few days later, your bank would inform you the original payment was fraudulent and you’d be left with the shortfall. More details can be found in this previous blog entry: http://avoidaclaim.com/?p=1413

  3. Kirk says:

    Also add elinakam@iprimus.com.au to the email list. They sent me this:

    I am contacting your firm in regards to enforcement/collection of divorce
    settlement from my ex husband Collins Nakamura who resides in your jurisdiction.
    Please advise.
    Elizabeth Nakamura

  4. Samuel E says:

    I just received the Elizabeth Nakamura e-mail. It smelled like fraud. Thank you for the information.

  5. Marion says:

    I just received an email from Ms. Nakamura/Nakamur (she could not decide which?). Thank you for the information.


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