Date First Reported: January 2012

Primary Name Associated: Aya Chiyo

Description of Potential Fraud:


Two Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Aya Chiyo with regards to a divorce settlement agreement. We saw this name a few times in 2010 as well. 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:
From: Aya Chiyo [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: January 4, 2012 10:16 AM
To: undisclosed recipients:

Dear Counsel

I am contacting your firm in regards to my divorce settlement with my ex husband (Mr. Kuan Chiyo) My name is Aya Chiyo; we had an out of court Agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $660,450.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $60,000 since.

I am currently in China my home town for serious medical attention and I am hereby seeking your firm to urgently assist in collecting the balance from him because the lawyer who helped me in this regard has long retired and I have not been able to reach him in a long while now. My Ex Husband has agreed already to pay me as long as the payment is going into my legal counsel’s trust account to act as an evidence for future reference. Please I need you to stand as the attorney in collecting this money from him as he had earlier stated in his email to me.

I anticipate your earliest response.

Yours truly,
Aya Chiyo.
17/F, One Kowloon, 1 Wang Yuen Street,
Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong.

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