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Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Linda Lee

Description of Potential Fraud:

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An Ontario lawyers has alerted us to a new name for an old scam. Linda Lee 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).

Here is the message:

From: lindaleeasia [email protected]
Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 11:30 AM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: INTERESTED IN YOUR LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Dear Counsel,

My name is Linda Lee and I am in contact regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband (Paul Lee) who resides in your city but I am currently on assignment in Hong Kong.

We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $320,450.00 plus legal fees in 2009, but to date he has only paid me $20,000.

I am hereby seeking your firm’s 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.

Linda Lee

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

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