Collaborative law agreement scam by Jennifer Wong [updated June 2013]
Date First Reported: February 2011
Primary Name Associated: Jennifer Wong
Description of Potential Fraud:
Over fifty Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Jennifer Wong with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the initial email:
My name is Jennifer Wong. I am contacting your law firm with regards to a divorce settlement with my ex-husband Richard Wong who reside in you jurisdiction. We had an out of court agreement for him to pay me the amount of 550,450.00 at this time have only received the amount of 44,000.00. I am seeking the help of your law firm to collect the balance from him as he has agreed to pay me the money, but have been inconsistent with the date. I believe that with the help of your law firm he will be willing to pay in order to avoid litigation. I look forward to your response on this matter.
A lawyer who replied got this response and fake ID:
Thanks for your response. Regarding my inquiry, the cause of our separation was one 26 years old Jamaican girl he sleeps with each time I complain he beats me up, I was forced to move to Japan with our kids, here is the situation; I have tried to contact my ex-husband Richard but he has changed his number, I emailed him and he replied saying he will pay and that he changed number for couple of other reason not related to me. But it has past due when he is suppose to pay, I know him and I believe with the influence of your law firm he will be willing to pay.
However, I therefore ask that you assist me to get this resolved by allowing us take this matter up with my ex and have him remit the payment to you on my behalf because it is the best and my only chance of getting the payment from him in a timely manner, as he will be made to do that once he finds out that your firm has been involved in this matter. I have attached the collaborative agreement, my International passport and marriage agreement with me for you to review for your full understanding. Do please send me your retainer agreement to enable me study, sign and return back to you for us to move forward with speed.
I wait your return mail with many thanks.
This appears to be a bad cheque scam (for details on how these work see this earlier AvoidAClaim post)
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