Seven lawyers in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Pascha Chang with regards to a 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 the fraudster to the lawyer, the subsequent response and fake documentation:
From: Pascha Chang [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: November-21-12 5:34 PM
Subject: I need a Lawyer
I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex-spouse for failure to make court ordered payments of Child Support, Spousal Support and Medical support. Please advise if you handle such case.
I want you to know that i received your information from the Lawyer Referral Service. Thanks
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry. I live in Japan while My ex spouse Park Chang lives in your city as a result of time difference it is difficult to reach you. We were divorced in South korea but my ex husband Park Chang relocated to the United State. He is a citizen, We both agreed under a separation Agreement Incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a settlement of Child Support, Spousal Support, and Medical support of $610,500.00 , he has paid me $165,000.00 but still owing $445,500.00 and the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed. This is the reason why I contacted you as there is already an agreement in place. I know for sure my ex husband has the financial means to pay for balance he owes me.
Thus, I request your legal services to enforce the court order compelling him to remit balance owed me.and I will be pleased to provide further information (Documents) on this case on request.
I expect this to be resolved in a timely manner. Sequel to this, if you are happy to proceed, kindly send me a copy of your retainer and if the terms are acceptable I will sign so we can commence the process without delay.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and professionalism.
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