Separation agreement scam by Natsuki Wilford [updated October 2011]
Date First Reported: July 2011
Primary Name Associated: Natsuki Wilford
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers have received a email that has all the red flags (including being sent to multiple undisclosed recipients) of the divorce and collaborative family law agreement frauds we’ve seen under such names as Zaira Hoshiko and Elizabeth Nakamura. For a full list of names attached to this scam see our list of Confirmed Frauds.
The message is reproduced below:
From: Natsuki Wilford [email protected]
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 03:34:11 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: DIVORCE ISSUE
My name is Natsuki Wilford married to Roberts Wilford of the United States
when we meet in my home country Japan. After a year of marriage we moved
to the United States. Just after 6yrs of marriage we separated after
having two children. Unfortunately we had an out of court agreement for
him to pay me $440,800 in addition to all legal fees that will arise. We
lived in your jurisdiction before i traveled back home for my studies here
I wish to contract your firm in representing me to collect this Separation
Settlement which he agreed upon with my former lawyer who is long retired.
I contacted him (Wilford) and he indicated interest on paying and your
firm is required to collect the payment or litigate this case if
One lawyer responded and got the following reply:
Thank you very much for responding to my email as regards my seperation with my husband. To put you in a better understanding, we agreed in collaboration with our legal advisers to settle this issue of our marriage seperation, “out-of-court”. This out-of-court agreement between us and our legal advisers was basically for the sake of our two kids.
We dissolved our marriage without going to court, therefore there was no case filed in court to this regard. To him, all he wanted was just to settle me and we go our seperate ways since the marriage could not work any more after six years with 2kids. He is a wealthy business man that is into automobile business. While we lived as couples, he had dealings with Toyota Motors, Japan and other automobile companies.
We agreed in the cause of our seperation, under this Alternative Dispute Resolution(ADR) for a one time cash settlement of $440,800 and any legal fees/charges that may arise should he default in complete payment of my settlement within the agreed time. So far he has paid to me the sum of $34,000 but still owing $406,800 till date.
Sir, the stipulated time has expired and i wish to take legal action against him should he refuse to pay if you send him a demand letter requesting for the full payment. This is where i want you to come in to help me in pursuit of this matter. His full name is Mr. R. Richards Wilford and lived at 87 Petman Ave, Toronto, ON M4S 2S9 (not very sure of his present address) but he certainly can be reached on his email address: [email protected] Am presently in my home country undergoing some studies and i can hardly care for myself and the 2kids.
I will sincerely appreciate if you send me your scope of retainer fees and agreement for me to sign and return to you. And we can go from there.
Attached is the agreement written and signed by all parties.
I wait to read from you soon.
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