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Date First Reported: March 2011

Primary Name Associated: Alice Goldbery

Description of Potential Fraud:

fraud-warning

An Ontario lawyer advised us today that he has received an initial contact email message based on the collaborative law agreement scam where the fraudster is using the name Alice Goldbery. Other names attached to this fraud lately include Dennis Luo Nicholas , Adrian Benavides, Anita Bell and Gloria Lee.

Over the last several months, hundreds of lawyers from across North American have reported to us that they received various versions of these messages. The reports to us are the tip of the iceberg – clearly thousands are being targeted. These fraudsters will actively respond to communications, sign retainer agreements (but not pay retainers as promised), provided identity documents and other supporting documentation, including copies of the collaborative agreement, a payment agreement and ultimately a fake cheque or bank draft. See the above posts for samples of these documents. One Ontario lawyer was successfully duped by this fraud. For a more detailed description on how these bad cheque scams work see this earlier AvoidAClaim post.

Here is the email:

From Alice Goldbery – [email protected]

Subject: RE:Legal Consultation (Divorce Settlement)

Attention:counsel,

My name is Alice Goldbery. I am soliciting for your legal consultation against the divorce settlement with my ex-husband (Allen.G.Goldbery) who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently on assignment in United
Kingdom.

Can your law firm help me out?

Your Truely,
Alice Goldbery

If you have been targeted by this fraud, please forward any of the emails you have received to [email protected].

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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.