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Collaborative Law Agreement Scam by Zaira (or Rika) Jyong Hoshiko

February 08, 2011 By: DanPinnington Category: Confirmed frauds

Since February of 2011, over 200 lawyers from across North America reported to us an attempted family law agreement collection scam by the purported Zaira (or Rika) Jyong Hoshiko. From the very large number of reports we have received, it appears that hundreds or even thousands of lawyers are being targeted by this bad cheque scam. (For details on how these bad cheque scams work see this earlier AvoidAClaim post)

The email messages, the collaborative law agreement and the payment agreements that are being provided are identical to those used in previous fraud attempts we have seen by the purported Kathy Cheung and Peggy Higashi.

Updated Oct 2013: Toronto police are looking for additional information from anyone who has received this scam and come across the name “Joe Mathewson” in any of the responses from the fraudsters. Click here for more details

An example of the initial contact (some of which are personally addressed to the lawyer) and the follow-ups appear below, as well as a copy of the ID provided and copies of the other supporting documents sent by the fraudster, including a forged cheque:

First contact:
From: Zaira Hoshiko
Subject: I am contacting your firm to an enforcement of divorce issue either via litigation or non-litigations btw my ex and I. Please advice
To:
Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 3:19 PM

Hoshiko has used several email addresses including: zaira.hoshiko@nl.rogers.com; hosh2zaira@qatar.io; hoshi2zaira@qatar.io; zairahosh@iprimus.com.au; zairahoshik@btinternet.com; zairahosh@btinternet.com; zairahoshik@btinternet.com; zairaho@btinternet.com; hoshikozaira@yahoo.com.hk

Second contact:
From: Zaira Hoshiko
Subject: Thank You
To: XXXXXXXXX
Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011, 12:15 PM

Thank you so much for your email.

Its always very hard to be able to ascertain when best to call from here, we are 1300hrs EST ahead of you and this is a big barrier toward achieving a successful conference call. If it may pleased you to know, in my humbly suggest we communicate via email while I figure out when best to reach on phone due the course of this representation

My Husband and I had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $950,500.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $251,500.00 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 Allen Hoshiko or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised. My ex husband Allen Hoshiko still lives in your jurisdiction while I am presently working in South Korea.
I will be pleased to provide further information on this matter on request. I expect this to be a non-litigation matter as I have already notified him I am planning on retaining your firm service. Please send me an agreement/ retainer form under a flexible fee arrangement so I can have a preview.
Collaborative agreement attached
Best Regards
Zaira Hoshiko
Address:Apt 206,357 -33,
Shindang- Dong Chung, Seoul
South Korea
0082-31-656 7883


From: Zaira Hoshiko [mailto:zairahoshiko@btinternet.com]
Sent: Friday, February 11, 2011 7:32 AM
To: XXXXXXXXXX
Subject: Re: Enforcement

Dear XXXXXXXXX,

I thank you for your prompt response. Currently am living in South Korea for an assignment and Allen Hoshiko live in Boca Raton, Florida. I tried calling a couple of times and with the time difference(+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to gauge the best time to reach you vice verse. We agreed under this Collaborative Law Agreement attached to this mail for a one time cash settlement of $950,500.00 usd to his credit, he has paid me $251,500.00 usd but still owing $699,000.00 usd. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. I will be pleased to provide further information on this matter on request. I have already advised him I am planning on retaining your firm. If possible please send me a retainer agreement so that we can proceed. Thank you and have a pleasant day.

Regards,

Zaira Hoshiko
ADDRESS: RM 108,138-859 Hongjin Bldg. #311, Ogeum-dong 134-1, Songpa-gu,Seoul, South Korea.



Click here to view the Collaborative Law Agreement provided by the fraudster.

Click here to read the settlement agreement provided by the fraudster

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

Call LAWPRO (if you are an Ontario lawyer) 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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29 Responses to “Collaborative Law Agreement Scam by Zaira (or Rika) Jyong Hoshiko”


  1. David S. Brady says:

    Gentlemen:
    I can verify the Hoshiko scam. I was contacted by Zaira who listed a Seoul Korea address. She signed my Quote letter and signed my Retainer agreement. I asked numerous questions, none of which were answered by her. The second week I received a perfectly good looking blue Cashier’s Check on a JPMOrgan Chase template listing Allen Hoshiko as the Remiter, allegedly signed by unknown person at JP Morgan Chase. It appeared to be an authentic check. It was placed in a wire transfer but the Bank apparently did not ascertain that it was a counterfeit before they sent the money to a Korean Bank. They had only placed a two day hold on the check. The third day the Bank received an electronic Notice from JPMorgan Chase stating “Refer to Maker”, meaning they would not pay on the item.
    Only due to quick action by my Bank, were the funds retrieved from the Korean BAnk. Zaira Hoshiko was allegedly scamming the Korean Bank as well. The Hoshiko’s must be making out pretty well with this scam. I can also help spot red flags with this scam.
    David S. Brady

  2. Walter M. says:

    My first contact from Ms. Zaira Hoshiko was on Apr 8, 11, with a subject line of Dear Counsel Legal Help Please!!! I gave her a retainer request which she agreed to. Then she sends send a contact which was done which lays out what will be done prior to starting any legle help!! Such as doing an investigation onto the reality of the paperwork she sent me. Even with this statement of doing an investigation of all the information she sent, does not scare her as she just responsed she agreed to the contract terms which laid out what will be done prior to starting anything and that she will be sending the required retainer fees. One more thing is the agreement I sent was a investigation agreeement and not a counsel agreement. So she either does not read english very well or she just does not care. Thank you all for reading and take care!! Walter

  3. Stephen says:

    This scam is now surfacing in the UK

  4. Attila V says:

    I have been contacted by this individual and numerous others in the past few months with this scam. My position was to delete the scam artists forthwith.

    I used to do business in Asia and never had any problems to talk with clients on the phone. That was clue number one!

    Can’t quite understand how anyone could fall for this age old scam.

    Regards,
    Attila L. Vinczer

  5. Scraggy says:

    Hey – that passport image is the same file (down to the last KB) as the passport page image I was sent by “Zaira” – Im an NZ lawyer and have had these guys on the hook for over 4 months. My aim is to see how much expense I can put them to sending fake cheques to me!

  6. Benjamin says:

    I was just contacted by these two scammers and verbatim the opening email was the same as the ones cited above. So, they have now moved to the United States as well.

    Thanks for alerting all of us to this.

    Benjamin L
    Atlanta, GA

  7. Theresa says:

    She just started attempting to contact the firm I work for as well. I am in the US.

  8. TJC says:

    Our identical inquiry reads: Sent: Wed 11/16/2011 12:17 PM… but it was received on the 23rd. I didn’t know it took a solid week for an e-mail to travel half-way across the globe.

    Peace, all.

  9. Stanton C. Oshiro says:

    Aloha from Hawaii,

    I just got the identical email “DIVORCE SETTLEMENT” today January 1, 2012. This is but one of many such scams I have received by email but instead of just deleting it without even opening it the subject line was vague enough that I decided to read it & see if it was worth referring to a friend of mine who is just starting her own private practice. Since I am Japanese I googled the name Allen Hoshiko because “Hoshiko ” doesn’t sound like a japanese name. That google search immediately resulted in my finding this and a screenfull of other references to the identical scam. The message I read is identical to the last detail except that in mine Zaira signed her email
    Zaira Jyong.
    2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo
    Japan 141-6021
    Fax:0867309076
    Phone:81-8032131518

  10. S. B. says:

    We have received the same communications. The cheque arrived very quickly to our offices from “Mr. Hoshiko”. We cannot ascertain if he is in Canada or the US. The Fed Ex waybill was not completely filled out, but it seemed to be a Canadian waybill. The Cheque was from “CityBank” (issued by Citibank Investment Services, N.A New Castle, DE).

    Mr. Hoshiko has even attemepted calling our office, although the line was bad and we got disconnected.

    We are in The Bahamas.

  11. CN says:

    I received an email today from this person, but declined to represent her. She was rather persistant though! I am in London and she said that she was living in Japan.

  12. EP says:

    I’m a lawyer from Poland. Yesterday I received an email from Zaira Hoshiko looking for help in getting back ca 700.000,00 $ from her ex husband. I responded for this message and asked to send me scans of documents that confirms her rights. She respondend and added that she wants to cooperate with me and that she sends documents attached. There was no attachements. Afetr it I googled her name, that’s how I found this side…….

  13. Julio says:

    Hi I would like to report an Internet scammed, I have all the emails from the person, and I only found out about it because I googled his email address and this website has it as well. I would like to know what I can do or who I could talk to

  14. TimLemieux says:

    Hi Juliof. You can email the fraud details to fraudinfo@lawpro.ca We only pass on information about frauds against lawyers and don’t actually investigate them, but we’re happy to take a look.

  15. Kyle says:

    We were contacted by this pair over the weekend. Good thing we always look people up on the web before spending a lot of time on them.

    My question to you all out here: Why are these two still defrauding banks with this scam?

  16. Francisco Abarca says:

    Hi everyone, these idiots send me this: I practice Law in Costa Rica, Central America: Godspeed (So Mote It Be).
    Dear Counsel ,

    My name is Zaira Jyong. I am a contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband(Allen Hoshiko) who resides in your jurisdiction.I am currently in Japan.

    We had an settlement agreement for him to pay $950,500.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $251,500.00 since. I am hereby seeking your firm to represent me 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 this payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    Warmest Regards,

    Zaira Jyong.
    2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo
    Japan 141-6021
    Fax:0867309076
    Phone:81-8032131518
    E: zairajyong44@hotmail.com

  17. Stephanie says:

    Good morning, I got this email today (I am from a Costa Rican law firm)

    De: zaira jyong [mailto:zaira_jyong02@hotmail.com]
    Enviado el: miércoles, 27 de febrero de 2013 04:09 a.m.
    Asunto: Divorce Settlement

    Dear Prospective Counsel,

    My name is Zaira Jyong. I am a contacting your firm in regards to a divorce

    settlement with my ex husband (Allen Hoshiko) who resides in your

    jurisdiction.I am currently in Japan.

    We had an settlement agreement for him to pay $950,500.00 plus legal fees.

    He has only paid me $251,500.00 since . I am hereby seeking your firm to

    represent me 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 this payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter

    if he fails to pay as promised.

    Warmest Regards,

    Zaira Jyong.
    2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo
    Japan 141-6021
    Fax:0867309076
    Phone:81-8032131518

  18. Nat says:

    Zaira sent us emails in Thailand too!

  19. marta pereira says:

    Dear all,
    I am a lawyer in Portugal, and I have received exactly the same email from Zaira Jyong (2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo, Japan 141-6021, Fax:0867309076
    Phone:81-8032131518).
    Not sure how that could ever work in Portugal as the Bank would keep the cheque for 30 days at least (to obtain the money from the issuing bank) before any transfer could be made. Clever scheme though.
    Regards
    Marta

  20. Kellie O'Brien says:

    Hi all,

    I work for an accounting/business advising company and we received the following email this morning;

    ‘Dear Prospective Counsel,

    My name is Zaira Jyong. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband (Allen Hoshiko) who resides in your jurisdiction.I am currently in Japan.

    We had a settlement agreement for him to pay $950,500.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $251,500.00 since . I am hereby seeking your firm to represent me 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 this payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    Warmest Regards,

    Zaira Jyong.
    2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo
    Japan 141-6021
    Fax:0867309076
    Phone:81-8032131518′

  21. Daniella O'Connor says:

    Good day,

    I live in Trinidad, W.I and I too received a similar email. I found the details to be a bit suspicious so I did a Google search of her name and wasn’t too surprised at all the complaints.

  22. Bolivar Sánchez Bernal says:

    Hola a Todos,

    Soy abogado en Panamá y he recibido este correo:

    “Dear Prospective Counsel ,

    My name is Zaira Jyong. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband (Allen Hoshiko) who resides in your jurisdiction.I am currently in Japan.

    We had a settlement agreement for him to pay $950,500.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $251,500.00 since . I am hereby seeking your firm to represent me 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 this payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    Warmest Regards,

    Zaira Jyong.
    2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo
    Japan 141-6021
    Fax:0867309076
    Phone:81-8032131518″

    Antes de iniciar un proceso o tramite de un cliente procedemos a investigar y nos encontramos con esta situación. gracias por mantener este tipo de publicación y evitar perdidas de tiempo.

  23. Juan Enrique Guilbert says:

    Identical email has been revieved at my firm so they are targeting central america too, am glad you have this information publish to avoid waste of time. Thanks to you all.

  24. Rose Dugdale says:

    Identical email has been recieved by my firm in the Isle of Man.

  25. Noel Guardado Aguilar says:

    Soy Abogado en la República de Nicaragua y el día de hoy he recibido una comunicación de esta persona requiriendo mis servicios. Alerta colegas de Central América con este personaje. Mucha malicia. Mucha malicia. // I am Lawyer in the Republic of Nicaragua and today I received a communication from this person requiring my services. Alert colleagues in Central America with this person. Many malice. Many malice.

  26. Volau says:

    Thanks for this info, saved our Firm from getting sucked into this scam. And have alerted the Fiji authorities on it – will now advise our other South Pacific counterparts.
    Vinaka!

  27. Max Flint says:

    Thank you for the information. I am a legal translator in Venezuela, and we received this email from zairajyong02@outlook.com:
    In Need Of Your Assitance

    Dear Prospective Counsel,

    My name is Zaira Jyong. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband (Allen Hoshiko) who resides in your jurisdiction.I am currently in Japan.

    We had a settlement agreement for him to pay $950,500.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $251,500.00 since . I am hereby seeking your firm to represent me 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 this payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

    Warmest Regards,

    Zaira Jyong.
    2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo
    Japan 141-6021
    Fax:0867309076
    Phone:81-8032131518

  28. Andre Parente says:

    I´m lawyer from Brasil and received this joke in my email today.

  29. Ihor Klymyshyn says:

    Dear Attorney,
    My name is Mrs. Zaira Hoshiko. I am contacting your firm in regards to enforcement/collection of divorce settlement or possible litigation with my ex husband Allen Hoshiko who resides in your jurisdiction. If you are in the position to represent me at the moment kindly advice immediately.Email: mhoshiko@kimo.com
    Your’s truly,
    Mrs. Zaira Hoshiko

    I´m lawyer from Ukraine and received this joke in my email today.



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