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Date First Reported: December 2011

Primary Name Associated: Tammy Hoffmann

Description of Potential Fraud:

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Seven Ontario lawyers and one in Alberta have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Tammy Hoffmann with regards to a divorce settlement agreement. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is an example of the email:

Subject: Re: Possible Representation.
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 14:31:28 +0200
From: TAMMY HOFFMANN
Reply-To: [email protected]
CC: recipient list not shown: ;

Dear Counsel,

I am seeking legal representation from your law firm regarding a breach of divorce settlement agreement I had with my ex husband who now reside in your jurisdiction. We had an out of court agreement for him to pay me $578,000.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $78,000 ever since this agreement was reached. He has agreed already to pay me the balance yet he kept turning me around with numerous excuses. So it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect my due settlement from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if need be.

I need proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue. If this is your area of practice, please contact me to provide
you with further Information.

Regards,

Tammy Hoffmann.

Here are some of the documents lawyers have received in relation to this scam.

Hoffman Collaborative Agreement



One Ontario lawyer received the following cheques (one for settlement, one for retainer) and cover letter.


Another Ontario lawyer received the same cover letter and nearly identical cheques.

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to [email protected]

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). 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. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

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