Three lawyers in Ontario and two in Alberta have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Haila Atsushi (or Kin Atsushi) with regards to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. 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 the initial email:
From: Haila Atsushi
Sent: Tuesday, January 03, 2012 10:01 PM
To: undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Legal Need
I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband.
Thanks in anticipation.
One lawyer who replied got this response:
I am in receipt of your email. am living in Malaysia, I and Mark Atsushi(Ex Husband) living in Canada. We agreed under this Collaborative Law Agreement for a cash settlement of $623,000.00USD to his credit, He is still owing $501.000.00USD. I am hereby seeking your firm`s assistance in collecting the balance from him .
Thank you and have a pleasant day.
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