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Separation agreemant scam by Kumura (or Zarifah) Zuckerberg

March 13, 2013 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

A lawyer in Ontario and five in the U.S. have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Kumura (or Zarifah) Zuckerberg 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 examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.

Here is the initial email:

From: Kumura Zuckerberg
Date: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 4:47 AM
Subject:: Why The Sudden Silence?

Good day to you. I sent you an email sometime ago requesting legal insistence regarding court ordered payments of Child Support, Spousal Support, Equitable distribution and medical support. You replied that you were interested and after providing details, I didn’t hear from you again, kindly get back to me if you are still interested in taking this case so that I will know my next line of action.


A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:

Thanks for your prompt response. Am residing in Japan for an assignment at present and my ex-spouse Robinson Zuckerberg now lives in San Francisco, CA. As a result of time difference it is a little bit difficult to reach you. We were divorced in Singapore. My ex-husband Mr. Zuckerberg is a US citizen. We both agreed under a Property Settlement Agreement incorporated, merged into and made part of the Final Judgment for a onetime settlement of Family Support and Property Division in the amount of $1,058,520.00 he has paid me $190,500.00USD but still owing $868.020.00USD 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 the unpaid balance set forth in our settlement agreement. Thus, I request your legal services with regards to compelling him to remit balance owed me. Attached is a copy of the property settlement agreement and the Final Judgment. I will be pleased to provide further information on this case on request and I expect this to be resolved in a timely manner. Furthermore, I seek to retain your firm for this purpose, please send me a copy of your retainer agreement 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.
Ms Zarifah.
Address: K-1 Bldg.2F, 1-2-13. Azabu-juban Minato-ku. Tokyo 106-0045 JAPAN mszarifah@msn.com

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Zukerberg Agreement

Zukerberg Divorce decree

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31 Responses to “Separation agreemant scam by Kumura (or Zarifah) Zuckerberg”

  1. Kevin says:

    We received the same e-mail at our Firm this week in Phoenix. Sounds bogus. Glad I checked it out.

  2. Rick says:

    We got this e-mail in Missouri today.

  3. RANDI GEFFNER says:

    We had this email last week. Good thing I googled the supposed “husband” and found out this is a fraud.

  4. Elisabeth says:

    We received this in MN on March 29th

  5. Gregg says:

    I received a contact through my office website from “Ms. Zuckerberg” and replied. I just now received an e-mail with the exact same language and the exact same documents today. I figured it was a scam and I’m glad I checked it out.

  6. Robert says:

    Got the same in FL on April 9, 2013

  7. Jonathan says:

    I just received a email in Jacksonville, FL from Zarifah. She’s getting around.

  8. Todd says:

    Received in Florida on 4/9/2013 as well. “Please do you handle cases on failure to obey court order
    of property settlement ?
    Ms Zarifah.”
    Sent from mszarifah@iprimus.com.au

  9. Steven says:

    Same in Florida as Robert.

  10. Kendra says:

    Received this email today in Tyler, Texas. Noticed that the signature of the attorney and client looked identical in the ‘divorce’ papers.

  11. Steve says:

    Just recieved the same e-mail scam with the attached “final judgement” 04-09-13 in Florida.

  12. Yana says:

    I have received the same email and the attached documents yesterday in Florida. I figured it was a scam. I’m glad I double checked.

  13. Christine says:

    Our office received the same email with the attached documents here in Florida. As the Yana stated, I also checked into this and found it to be a scam. Also found the same Property Settlement Agreement with names changed to Herman Trump and Sharon Trump, same date of separation, numbers a little different, kids names changed but same date of birth and the marital home is the same address.

  14. Jim says:

    I have a similar post on April 10, 2013 to my website from Zarifah Zuckerberg alleging she is in Utah but not mentioning a city. The telephone used is 224-603-2258 but the area code is apparently from Illinois, so I guess it is a cell or a dummy. I have seen so many similar in the last few years that I am automatically skeptical.

  15. Michael says:

    Just got the same thing in Austin, TX.

  16. Patrick` says:

    I received this email this week. I don’t intend to follow up, but I also don’t see how the emailer could profit from this scam.

  17. TimLemieux says:

    The scam involves a fake cheque being sent to your office. The fraudster would ask you to deposit it in your trust account, deduct your feels and wire the balance overseas.

  18. Sakina says:

    I received the same email this morning. Glad I checked this and didn’t respond.

  19. Sharon says:

    We received the same email today and have reported same to LawPro.

  20. Marian says:

    Thank you. I received emails from zarifzuck@iprimus.com.au , “Ms. Zarifah”

  21. Debbi says:

    Several in our firm received these emails this week. Ours were received from zarifzuck@hotmail.com. What a waste of time!!

  22. These days, I check first for the last name then the word “scam”. I would never take on a client in this manner, but glad to know we are sharing information to minimize the scams.

  23. Michael Corbin says:

    My office received an email through our firm’s website from zarifahzuckerberg67@gmail.com with the attached documents. Glad I checked. Total scam.

  24. Auke says:

    “She” even extends her operations to lawfirms in Europe (The Netherlands). We received a similar mail from her today.
    She does seem to conduct some research, as we are a specialized familylaw firm.

  25. Sandra says:

    Today we received the same email with documents at our law firm in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), specialized in familylaw. Also glad that I checked her name on internet.

  26. James says:

    Got the same message with an official looking decree and settlement agreement at my office in Houston, TX Thanks for your site and all the posts exposing this scam.

  27. André says:

    Also received in Luxembourg on July 3 2013.

  28. Matteo says:

    Received this scam message as well here in Luxembourg/Europe on July 1st 2013.

  29. Kate says:

    Also received in Kentucky; they’re even hitting up the small towns. Reported to lawpro.

  30. Paula Revene says:

    This scam is still in progress in September 2014. We just received the Zuckerberg request for representation in the website mailbox for our Ft. Lauderdale family law firm. Fortunately, I suspected a hoax, which I confirmed, thanks to these postings about the hoax on LawPro’s “AvoidaClaim blog.

  31. Dave says:

    Also received Zuckerberg email on September 15th in Minneapolis.

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