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Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Christina Andreasson

Description of Potential Fraud:

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An Ontario lawyer advised us that she has had extensive correspondence with a collaborative law agreement fraudster going by the name Christina Andreasson. The name is new, but the fraud is similar to those used in previous fraud attempts we have seen by: Zaira Hoshiko, Adrian Benavides, Anita Bell, Kathy Cheung, Peggy Higashi, Beverly Kawashima, and others. A full list is here.

Here is a partial transcript of the correspondence and the documentation provided by the fraudster. What is notable about this fraud attempt is the involvement of the “husband”, making it a three-way email conversation. The lawyer’s emails are in bold, the fraudster in italics and the fraudster’s “ex-husband” is indented.

From: Christina Andreasson [email protected]
Sent: Sunday, January 09, 2011 7:42 PM
To: Inquiry
Subject: Dear Sir
Dear Sir ,
I am Christina Andreasson. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband Henning Hansen who resides in your jurisdiction.
We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $648,450.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $148,000 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 or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised. I anticipate your response on how I can through your firm get redress.
Sincerely,
Christina Andreasson

Lawyer then replies

Thanks for your response to my request. As earlier stated, I am Christina Andreasson, hails from Sweeden, currently on a project work for an Asian firm in UK. I am requesting your services as a lawfirm to help me pursue the balance claim owed to me by my ex-husband “Henning Hansen” which we had through a collaborative las agreement on our divorce, where only a small part of it have been paid. I will request that you prepare a contingency fee retainer agreement and send a copy to me for a review and probably to be executed to commence the process. Meanwhile, in the attachment of this email, you will find the copies of the collaborative law agreement reached by myself and husband which contains in it, the amount to be paid to me. Also you will find my ID. I will appreciate if you can forward me a contingency fee agreement for a review and proper execution. I will after then send you the current contact address of my ex-husband for you to begin the process of redeeming this claims. I will also notify him that I have started working with your firm to retain you in redeeming the claims.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson
121 Woodway Lane
Coventry West Widlands.
CV2 2EG. U.K

Lawyer sends a reply

Thanks for your email. Your work conditions is accepted. I will appreciate that you email me a retainer agreement so that I will review it and then execute it, and email you a copy of the executed retainer agreement. Meanwhile, in my previous email sent to you, I emailed you the collaborative law participation agreement to which spells out the amount to be paid to me by my ex-husband. However, I will email you the contact address of my ex-Husband. He is Henning Hansen by name. I will also contact him to notify him of the development. And also forward your information to him, not to be surprised when he gets your contacts.
I will expect your email and the retainer agreement for me to execute.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson
121 Woodway Lane
Coventry West Widlands.
CV2 2EG. U.K .

Christina,
Thank you for your reply.
I do not work on contingency and instead charge an hourly rate of $250.00 per hour. I request a deposit of $1,000.00.
Please provide me with the agreement and/or Court Order that specifies what amount are owed to you.
Please provide me with your ex-husband’s particulars.
I await your response.


Email from [email protected]
I have been contacted by Christina Andreasson, an ex-wife of mine, that you and your firm have been employed and mandated to pursue and initiate a proceedings against me on an outstanding claim owed to her. I understand the reason for this because I have defaulted in our agreement to fullfil the balance payment from the collaborative law participation agreement on our out of court divorce. Please note that this claim is not been disputed. Sir, I will ask that you should not pursue this matter through any legal redress at the court of law, for I know that the amount owed will be paid in no distant time. A court proceeding will amount to more expense on my (our) side. Sir, please let me know how you intend me to forward the payment. I will also ask that you help me calm down your client “Christina Andreasson” not to head to court in a hurry, I am willing to make this payment. The delay was as a result of little financial crisis in my businesses, which is been addressed at the moment. I will appriciate if you are able to persuade your client to allow me come up with the payment without litigation. I will immediately be working hard to quickly meet up with this payment.
Please let me have your words on this and further instructions on how to make the payment.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen

 

Mr. Hansen,
Thank you for your email.
To finalize this matter without having to resort to commencing a court proceeding, please forward the payment of $648,450.00 by certified cheque payable to McGuinty Law Offices in trust. Please confirm when we can expect the payment.
I await your response.

Thanks for your email and instructions. The amount to be paid to Christina Andreasson according to our collaborative law participation agreement is $648,450.00. The amount of $148,000.00USD was then paid to her, and the balance unpaid amount is $500,450.00USD plus legal charges to be incurred. By this the amount owed by me to Christina Andreasson will be $500,450.00USD plus your legal charges / fees (please let me know your fees for it). As you have also instructed, I will making payment of the amount by certified cheque payable to “XXXXXX Law Offices in Trust” (is this how you instructed?) I will call you to confirm and also let you know when to expect the payment, which should be in a number of days. The payment may be done in instalments, but not more than two transactions. I await your comment.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen.

Lawyer forwards above email to Christina Andreasson

Thanks for your email. I have gone through it and I completely agree with the arrangements to arrange the payment. I was even contacted by Mr. Hansen that you will be getting some part of the payment shortly, indicating his determination to clear the claims in no distant time.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson

Following the last message sent to you, I have arranged a part payment of $325,900.00 and since sent to you, which you will be receiving early this week. Once the amount is received, please further transmit to Christina Andreasson, and let me know what balance amount to be sent out. I will then let you know when to expect the payment. Thanks for your ability in resolving this matter without neccessarily through litigation.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen

Lawyer forwards above email to Christina Andreasson

Thanks for your email and the update. As soon as you receive the partpayment, just inform me, and I will instruct you further.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson

Please let me know if you received my last email, and also if you have received the payment mentioned in the email.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen

I called your office last week, but was told you were not available till today Monday. Please confirm for me if you have received the payment as expected.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson.

Mr. Hansen,
I wish to confirm that we received the Cashier’s Check in the amount of $325,900.00 today. It arrived this morning and we will be depositing the funds tomorrow.
Following the bank’s verification, we will be in a position to release the funds to Ms. Andreasson.
Please advise when we may receive your further payments.
Lastly, please make sure to enclose a letter or a note with your next payment(s) to facilitate the distribution of the correspondence and locate the appropriate file.

Thanks for your email. I will in my next disbursement do as instructed. I will also let you know when the next disbursement will be made. I will also inform Christina Andreasson of this.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen

please let me know when the funds will be ready for onward transmission, so that I will instruct my fund manager to instruct on the payment instructions, that is after deduction of your legal service fees / charges. I await your response.
Christina Andreasson.

Sir, I contacted Christina Andreasson and she said that the earlier payment is yet to be received. I told her that the amount should not take more than 2 days to be creditted into your account. I anticipate another disbursement in about 2 weeks time. I have written to Christina to make calculations of the balance to include the services for the claims. I will in about 4 weeks be able to clear the entire amount, and have a note issued to that effect.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen

Thanks for your email. I asked if you have been credited the amount from the first payment. I have told Christina that as certified funds, the amount should have been credited to your account now. She said you told her that when you are in the position to effect transfer to her, you will do. Please clarify to her, let her know the funds are with you, because she is assuming that you have not received the first payment and she keep asking me why is the funds yet to be received by you. However, I trust you will reach her and explain to her. As earlier mentioned, you will be kept posted on further payments.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen.

Sir, I have called your office, but unable to reach you. However, I have been waiting your response on when to have the funds transfered.
No word yet on a definite time for this. Mr. Hansen said the funds ought to have been transfered. I await your response.
Christina Andreasson.

Thanks for your email. I will contact my accounting manager / firm (that is the firm that manage my funds) in Asia to provide the banking information for the onward transfer, which I believed you will get tomorrow. Sir, we do not need to wait till the whole amount is received, the reason is that though it is a promise that in few weeks the balance will be made, but until payments are done the redemption time / period can not be certain. Irrespective of the charges, I will receive the amounts in each transaction that is made. I am willing to pay the required fees for it, I need to recover the amount bit by bit.
Sir, I will forward you the banking information shortly.
Christina Andreasson.

  As promised in my last email, I am sending you the banking cordinates for the deposit of the funds. Sir, deduct all charges to the amount already received, and ensure that a swift / TT transfer of the amount, and email me a comfirmation slip for the transfer. Early this morning, I received a call from Mr. Hansen and he asked if I have received words from you, I told him yes and let him know the update. Sir, you must by today proceed to effect the transfer of the amount already received, we can not afford to wait for the balance amount which its redemption is not definite. I will sacrifies any fee or charges that will be required. I trust that you have this done today and email me the confirmation slip for record purpose. I await your prompt actions.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson.


Christina,
We would rather wait for the whole amount to be paid and have the funds forwarded once, to lessen the fees.
In the meantime, please provide us with your bank account particulars and we’ll arrange for the deposit to be wired to your bank.
I await your information.

Thanks for your response which was received with some kind of displeasure. Though I am not a lawyer, but I thought Mr. Hansen did say he will be making the payment in instalments, but I was never told that until all funds are received before it will be disbursed to me. I would want if you and your management board can review the decision and reach Mr. Hansen on definite time for the balance payment. It doesn’t tell well on my ends. I may not be able to stress more due to my current health conditions. I am currently on medication. I await your response.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson.

Mrs. Andreasson,
The management board at the office has met to discuss this matter and we have decided that due to the sizeable amounts involved, we will not rush any payment to you and we will further wait for all funds to be collected from Mr. Hansen. Should collection by Court action be required, the funds may become necessary. In the meantime, the funds will remain safely in our Trust account.
I will keep you abreast of any further correspondence received from Mr. Hansen.

I have received an email from Christina Andresson to include your email to her, stating that the funds already received will be held in your trust account till the entire funds are paid. I put a call accross to her, and she in a sober mood explained that she was never aware of this development. What she expected was that as funds are paid, so it will be disbursed to her. It was also my understanding. She is very weak and feeble due to some ailments. I will request you and your management board to consider her plight and have the amount transfered to her. I am working round the clock to ensure the balance will be met. But also note that till this moment and in future that I have not and will not dispute this claims that is owed to Christina Andreasson, by this email I declared this. Please for the health conditions of Christina Andreasson, I will ask that you transfer the funds already received to her, waiting for the full may not be neccessary when there is a proper record on this payment. However, collections by attorneys or collection agents (worldwide) are not duty bound to hold partpayments from debts paid through them to the party that is owed, this is causing Christina Andreasson serious worries and it is not healthy for her condition. I will employ you to facilitate the transfer of the funds to her, as I believed by right, she should have it, even if it is partpayment. It is also a practice that clients funds can only be held on lawyer’s trust account on the instructions of the client.
Sir, I hope my above explanations addressed the reasons why you and your board members should enforce and effect the transfer of the amount already received to Christina Andreasson, in order to clarify to her that I am not involved in the holding of her funds, since she is no longer residing in the North America regions. Please do the requested.
Rgds.
Henning Hansen

Mr. Hansen,
With all due respect, what is discussed between myself and my client is none of your business.
Please advise when we can expect a further instalment.
Should we not receive another instalment in the next thirty days we will proceed in commencing a Court procedure against you.
I trust this will not be necessary

I got your email. I spoke with a local solicitor here, he did say since the funds are in your trust account, it should have been forwarded to me on my instructions. He however, advised that I should endure and wait till the complete amount paid to you as you have suggested. And after receiving total, it would be neccessary for no time to be wasted. However, I have no choice than to endure and abide, I am not a lawyer, I am a client. I will expect that you treat my case with diligence. Please let me know when you get the complete amount from Mr. Hansen, and then proceed to transfer the total amount after
deduction of your charges / fees.
I am glad to be associated with you in this regards.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson
.

Further to my yesterday’s email, I have also be notified by Mr Hansen that the package for the balance amount have been delivered to you. According to him, after tracking the package, it shows that it has been collected. I will want to here from you if the said payment has been received by you, and also deposited in your trust account to be added to the first payment. Just proceed by deducting all legal charges and fees and then remit the balance to me as earlier instructed.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson.

Christina,
I have a problem with the cheques. Our bank has returned the cheques to us and has categorically refused to process them.
Please advise how you wish me to proceed.

I spoke with a local solicitor here, he told me that I may not succeed if we are to enforce the agreement as you have stated, because Mr. Hansen made payment as instructed and the payment was deliberately not received, or deemed rejected. How will a court find him liable and on what grants will he not be favoured in the matter. It still wonders me why your firm treated the matter with such manner. The solicitor advised that there is a dimension you wanted the matter, but weren’t satisfied with the out of court settlement, hence the firm ploy to twart the payment process. Anyways, the solicitor is arranging a legal process of reaching Henning Hansen in Canada through associate colleague, and then move ahead on the process.
Sincerely
Christina Andreasson.

Thank you,
If Mr. Hansen cannot make payments, we may have to proceed in enforcing your agreement by means of a Court proceeding.

I am confused and surprise with the proceedings so far, I will speak with a local solicitor here, and then get back to you.




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