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Date First Reported: June 2011

Primary Name Associated: Beverly Mackenzie

Description of Potential Fraud:

fraud-warning

Two Ontario lawyers reported to LAWPRO today that they received the message reproduced below.

This is the first time we have seen this exact message and the name Beverly MacKenzie used on one of these frauds; although the message refers to an ex-husband named Mackenzie Kawashima, the same name used in similar frauds by Beverly Kawashima.

From: “MS Beverly Mackenzie.”
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Date: 13/06/2011 10:45 AM
Subject: Dear Attorney My Pending Case.

Dear Attorney,

My name is Ms. Beverly Mackenzie. I am contacting you in regards to a divorce settlement with my exhusband Mackenzie Kawashima who resides in your jurisdiction. If you are interested in my case, Please contact me via email [email protected] and I shall furnish you with detailed information.

Your’s truly,
Beverly Mackenzie.

Note the two major red flags in this message: two different emails were used and it was BCC’d to many people (this is indicated by the undisclosed-recipients in the To field).

In July a U.S. lawyer sent us the transcript of the increasingly demanding emails he received from the fraudster once the counterfeit funds were received at his firm. The lawyer insisted on being paid before dispersing the funds, rather than simply witholding his fee and wiring the balance to the fraudster.

Dear Mackenzie,
Finally it went through. I have the money with me. I want to tranfer it as soon as possible. Please give me the transfer details such that:

Bank account number, swift details and my fee 0f US$ 12500.00 which I do not want to deduct from your acccount. The money should be tranferred to my bank account at BB&T Bank as I provided the detail previously. If you want I can provide it again. It would take only a few hours for you to trasnfer the money. As soon as the money arrived in my account your money 180,000.00 would be credited to your bank via SWIFT method which I set up AUTO SCHEDULE with the bank, the way my system works.


On Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM, Beverly Mackenzie wrote:
Greetings, you are advised to deduct your $12500.00 and send the balanced $167500.00 to this account details below and send me the scanned copy of the Transfer Slip for confirmation.

BANK NAME: MUSASHINO BANK TOKYO
BRANCH (029)
BANK A/C NO: 1007617
BANK ADDRESS: TOKYO-TO CHIYODA-KU.UCHIKANDA 2-15-9
BENEFICAIRY NAME: AUTO TRADING YOSHIDA TAKAHIRO
BANK SWIFT: MUBKJPJT
BANK TEL NO: 03-3254-4721
BENEFICAIRY ADDRES: TOKYO-TO CHUO-KU HATCHOBORI 2-29-5-503
BENEFICAIRY’S TEL: NO 090-8684-7508

Thanks for your great help.

Regards,
Ms. Mackenzie

Dear Mackenzie,

I understand your concerns. According to my Firm’s policy, I am not allowed to deduct any money from that account. The money 12,500 should come directly from you as the FEE for providing service, and it would be tax deductible/having tax benefits when it comes from a foreign country. I will provide my bank detail below.

Once again, I scheduled an auto transfer of funds of US$ 180,000 to your account immediately after receiving the fee of US $ 12,500 in my above bank account to the following:

BANK NAME: MUSASHINO BANK TOKYO
BRANCH (029)
BANK A/C NO: 1007617
BANK ADDRESS: TOKYO-TO CHIYODA-KU.UCHIKANDA 2-15-9
BENEFICAIRY NAME: AUTO TRADING YOSHIDA TAKAHIRO
BANK SWIFT: MUBKJPJT
BANK TEL NO: 03-3254-4721
BENEFICAIRY ADDRES: TOKYO-TO CHUO-KU HATCHOBORI 2-29-5-503
BENEFICAIRY’S TEL: NO 090-8684-7508

Please acknowledge the receipt of 180,000 soon after the recipt of the full amount. I am very happy to serve you and expecting more transactions.

KINDLY NOTE THAT THE FEE SHOULD BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO MAKE THE SWIFT TRANFER JUST BECAUSE THE FUND TRANSFER IS SCHEDULED THROUGH “FUND TRANSFER SCHEDULER AND MONITOR” SOFTWARE, where I have no controls.

I am in receipt of your email, I want you to understand that I don’t have any money as you can know I need this money to take urgent care of my sick/dying son, please the only way I can pay you the $12500.00 is only when you deduct it or you can allow me to have the full $180000.00 and I will immediately forward the $12500.00 to your account as soon as I receive the $180000.00 in the account, please help to save the life of my son.
Please trust me I will send it as soon as I receive the money that I the only way I can be able to get the $12500.00.
Just allow the transfer to go to the account today so that first thing on Monday morning I will wire the $12500.00 to your account.
May God bless you for your humanitarian understandings and my son’s life depends on this money.
Regards,

Ms Mackenzie.

Dear Mackenzie,

I have no control over the software. This is true and I can do nothing other than return the money to Akihiko, same check he gave me which is still available from bank. Please do not waste my time on this matter further, again please. I can pray for your son, that is all I can do in this matter. I love your child and pray for him. You can arrange this small amount from any where if you are tuly concerned about your child.

I am very surprise of what you are doing, I don’t know why you cannot deduct the money from the $180000.00 there is no where in the world that one cannot deduct debted money from any available funds and there is nothing like any software.
Listen I own the money and I am giving you permission to deduct your $12500.00 from my money and I see no big deal about that, or are you a joker? Please don’t waste my time just go ahead and deduct your fees and stop all this child’s play.
I need that money transferred to the account provided to you.
Regards,

Ms. Mackenzie

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