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Separation agreement scam using the name Fumiko Anderson

September 04, 2013 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

[Updated Nov 2013]

Over 180 lawyers in Ontario, the U.S and overseas have notified us that they received an email from the purported Fumiko Anderson looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement.

This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.

Here is the initial email, subsequent replies and fake documentation sent by the fraudster to the lawyer:

From: fumanderson@iprimus.com.au [mailto:fumanderson@iprimus.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 8:18 AM
Subject: I need your Counsel

Dear Counsel,

I wish to engage your legal representation to help me file a petition against my ex-husband for breaching the court order with regards to payment of Child Support, Spousal Support and Medical Support. Kindly advise.

Regards,
Fumiko Anderson

Replying to the email brought this response:

Thank you for your prompt response. Am currently in Japan for an assignment while Bill Anderson (ex-husband) lives in Chicago, IL. Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call you. Following our divorce, we agreed under a negotiated settlement agreement which is incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a one-time payment of $878,650.00USD for Family support (this includes child support, alimony and medical support). To his credit, he has paid me $201,600.00USD but still owing $677.050.00USD and the due time for completion of payment is over. Thus, I request your legal counsel and representation to enforce the final judgment thereby compelling him to remit the balance owed me. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. Attached is a copy of the separation agreement, and Final Judgment and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case on request. I desire to
retain your law firm, please forward your firm’s retainer fee agreement so that we can proceed. Thank you and have a pleasant day.
Regards,
Fumiko Anderson
3-6-23 Karashimacho,Chuo-ku,Kumamoto. City 860-0804
Phone: +81 (0) 505 809-8190

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How to handle a real or suspected fraud

If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to fraudinfo@lawpro.ca.

If you suspect you are acting on a matter that might be a fraud, call LAWPRO at 1-800-410-1013 (416-598-5899). We will talk you through the common fraud scenarios we are seeing and help you spot red flags that may indicate you are being duped. This will help you ask appropriate questions of your client to determine if the matter is legitimate or not. If the matter you are acting on turns out to be a fraud and there is a potential claim, we will work with you to prevent the fraud and minimize potential claims costs.

If you have been successfully duped, please immediately notify LAWPRO as there may be a claim against you.

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97 Responses to “Separation agreement scam using the name Fumiko Anderson”


  1. LB says:

    I received an e-mail yesterday from the same scammer. Notice your name is in a different font, the decree is missing important elements respecting the marriage and its dissolution. I tried to get as much info as possible from the scammer and was wary about the manner in which the scammer wanted to proceed so I searched for the names on the internet, and was eventually pulled to this site. Keep up the good work.

  2. JL says:

    My firm as just received this email ourselves (we are in New England). Although I replied prior to googling the email address, I was instantly concerned about a scam of some sort. Thank you for having this site up.

  3. Doug Graham says:

    Fumiko has sent me the same solicitation (verbatim) on several occasions. I finally sent her my contract, but haven’t heard from her since. I set a fee of one-third of the recovery; maybe that was too much. But she wants me to chase Dr. Anderson, who is apparently simultaneously in at least three different countries, and seven or eight states. Oh, well.

  4. William says:

    I also received an email from these scammers, this morning. I am located in New England as well. Thanks for posting such detailed information.

  5. Richard Huffman says:

    This morning is the third time our firm received this same scam e-mail. You’d think they’d pay more attention.

  6. Wendell Hayes says:

    I received this email over the past two days and then today went on Google.com and ask.com. Though I did respond via email, I demand upfront information and a signed consultation fee. I decided not to send a full retainer agreement without doing my own due diligence and having them provide a consultation fee before I invested any time. As of today, no money in certified funds as been received. Once I started by due diligence the above popped up. I suspected that this was nothing more than a fraud but I wanted to see if it could be vetted by demanding a consult fee. Of course no consult fee means illegitimate and fraudulent in my opinion. I will forward all my emails to lawpro and will put the email address in my junk file and block it. THANK YOU MORE THAN VERY MUCH.

  7. jonathan says:

    Received the separation and JE’s this morning. I googled the family court name and was directed to this site. Great site, and thanks. I am in Cleveland, Ohio.

  8. Anita says:

    I am not an attorney, but an independent forensic scientist in Central New York, and received this email today:

    “My Ex Husband has violated court oder in payment of child, spousal and medical support. advise if you handle such case.

    Fumiko Anderson

    fumikoanderson01@att.net

    Although the “from” address was: fumanderson@iprimus.com.au. Thank you for posting this information!

  9. Alex says:

    I am an attorney in government practice in Kansas City, MO. I received two e-mails purporting to be from this person today, one using the iprimus.com.au address mentioned by Anita above. Into a spam file this will go, with no action on my part. Thanks.

  10. Mekal K. Faruki says:

    I got a Fumiko Anderson email this morning requesting “advise” to “help file a petition” for “violation of a court order for child, spousal and medical support”

    Thanks for the site was a help in identifying the scam.

  11. M. Ridge says:

    Our office received an email stating, “hello, I am Fumiko Anderson. I wish to file an enforcement petition against my ex-husband for breaching the court’s decree with regards to payment of child support, alimony and medical support. If you are available for such case Kindly Advise immediately.” from fumikoanderson@gmail.com.

    Thanks for the site continuing to identify the scam.

  12. Jcoe says:

    In Mississippi and today received the following:

    Please advise if your firm handles cases with regards to non-compliance with
    support order matters.

    Fumiko Anderson
    fumikoanderson21@att.net

  13. ADA says:

    I received this solicitation and was suspicious from the start. I almost didn’t even open the attchmnt for fear of virus, but curiosity got the better of me. I asked for 10K retainer up front, bc it was an international client, and then suggested that if i didn;t receive the info and $ I asked for I would assume they were either not interested, OR perpetrating fraud.

    Guess what: no response!

    Does anyone know if Japan actually awards child support in lump sum like the order suggests. If you owe it it must be disconcerting to see the total amount aggregated in one bill, sheesh!

    ADA

  14. JL says:

    I received a slight variation this afternoon. It came from a Ms. Natalie Bradford of the Delaware North Company out of Buffalo, NY. The message stated:

    “Please, if you are in a position to handle cases with regards non-compliance with support order matters. Kindly advise Ms. Fumiko Anderson on fumikoanderson21@att.net. Thanks in anticipation.

    Ms. Natalie Bradford for Fumiko Anderson
    fumikoanderson21@att.net

  15. SGP says:

    I am a new attorney with a new office email address at an established firm in North Dakota. I received the same message as Jcoe above.

  16. Wendy says:

    I received a similar solicitation from Natalie Bradford as JL did. Originally the email address provided was fumikoanderson21@att.net, however later responses came from fumikoanderson21@comcast.net. I was leary of the matter from the start, but was all the more so when I noticed the email address.
    Thank you for this forum to help protect against this type of action.

  17. Allison Neville says:

    Our office in south Mississippi has also received correspondence from this person. Her email address was fumikoa@comcast.net when we heard from her in September.

  18. Kelly (St. Louis) says:

    I’ve just hung my shingle and the second person to contact me was “Fumiko.“ I deposited the check into my trust account, but the packaging from Canada was suspicious since Bill Anderson supposedly lived in Missouri. I googled the information and found this info, then promptly called the bank and this Canadian company to notify them . Thank you Law Pro for this info! Apparently, in today’s world, you got to be wary of phantom prospective clients.

  19. AJT says:

    I received the same email from Fumiko Anderson. The name alone made me think it was sketchy.

  20. Billy Peebles says:

    Received emails of the exact same nature/message from these email addresses this week:
    i57267327@iprimus.com.au
    SELINA CECILIA KANGA ;
    Osamu Mizuno ;
    vanessavenal@libero.it ;
    Dr. Philip A. Chan. ;
    Sgt Carol Woodford ;
    Susan Robert ;
    Vincent Maldini

  21. K. Thomas says:

    Just got the same message today. I didn’t respond since it smelled like a scam but forwarded it to you. Thanks for your good work.

  22. S. Dickey says:

    I am a new attorney in Mississippi and received the following this morning:

    Dear Attorney,

    Am Ms Fumiko Contacting your firm to help me file a rule to show case
    against my ex-spouse for failure to make court ordered payment of Child Support,
    Spousal Support,and Medical support due from dissolution of marriage
    Please reply to andersonfumiko@att.net if you handle such case.
    Ms Fumiko

  23. Joy says:

    I have just forwarded the latest e-mail from Fumiko Anderson; I was suspicious from the beginning but was really convinced something was wrong when the check I received was routed from Canada and the return address on the overnight mail was from Tennessee when the ex-husband supposedly lived here in Louisiana. Before depositing the check I contacted my bar association and they confirmed it was indeed a fraud and suggested I google Ms. Anderson which led me to your cite. I e-mailed Ms. Anderson to let her know I received the check curious to know what her response would be; even if I didn’t know by now it was a scam, like I would really send over $400,000 to someone the day after I deposited the funds and before I had a guarantee from my bank that the funds were actually available.

  24. Hilary says:

    I am a law student in Chicago, IL, and I received this email from “Fumiko” last month:

    “I need your legal representation to help me file a petition against my ex-husband. Kindly advise.
    fumikoanderson01@att.net

    Regards,
    Fumiko Anderson”

    The address it was sent from was fumikoanderson01@iprimus.com.au on October 14, 2014. I never responded because I figured it was a scam.

    I got another email from her today with different wording and a different address. I did a search, and I’m so glad this page came up. Here is the new address: fumanderson182@gmail.com

  25. Jacqueline says:

    I received 3 emails this morning from Fumiko Anderson using this email address;fumikoanderson01@iprimus.com.au. Something didn’t seem right so I googled the name and found your site. Thank you.

  26. Robin says:

    I received the following email on November 12, 2013: “My Ex Husband has violated court oder in payment. advise if you handle such case. ~Fumiko Anderson / andersonfumiko@att.net“. The address from which the email purportedly was sent is dersonfumiko@iprimus.com.au

    I did not respond to the solicitation because it is preposterous to think that a court in rural Washington State is likely to have jurisdiction over either party, and we have seen a similar scam from an alleged Korean national married to an American.

  27. Jack Vance says:

    Most sane lawyers will do two things before forwarding fund from a deposited check for a large sum of money 1) confirm that it is genuine and not counterfeit, and 2) wait until the check is cleared and the funds deposited. Why on earth are lawyers depositing these checks and then immediately forwarding monies from their trust accounts before these two things are confirmed?

  28. Jim says:

    I received the same email today using this email address: msfumiko.anderson@outlook.com

  29. Edyta Grant says:

    I received the same email yesterday, Nov. 12 from this email: fumikoaa@iprimus.com.au
    My law practice is located in Bakersfield, CA.
    A fellow immigration attorney from Sacramento was also targeted yesterday.

  30. Pace Law Firm says:

    Received the following email a couple days ago from msshizuko@iprimus.com.au

    “Dear Prospective Counsel:

    My ex-husband violated court ordered payment of Family Support. If you handle
    such case, reply to: msshizuko@gmail.com

    Best Regards,
    Shizuko Newberg”

    When I responded asking her to contact our office (which is located in Salt Lake City) she sent the following from this email: nshizuko@hotmail.com

    “With regards to my email inquiry to your firm, please find attached, copy of the Decree of Divorce and Separation Agreement, between me and my ex-husband, Allen Newberg. I live in Japan, while my ex husband, lives in your jurisdiction. He is a citizen of the United States. It is bit difficult to reach your office on phone as a result of time difference. If you are happy to proceed, after reviewing the attached documents, kindly send me your Standard Letter of Engagement or Contract Agreement today for me to review and sign if the terms are acceptable so we can commence the process without delay. I expect this to be resolved in a timely manner.

    Thank you and have a pleasant day.

    Best Regards,
    Shizuko Newberg”

    She also included several attachments, which I will not be opening.

  31. Doug Graham says:

    This one’s not from my old client Fumiko Anderson; this is from her cousin, who apparently has the same problem.

  32. Christine Nicastro says:

    I also received an almost exact duplicate to the above referenced email from a “Shizuko Newberg” today regarding her husband Allen who is back in my town of Roslindale. In total I received three emails from her.

    Here it is No. 1:
    “Can you or your firm represent me to enforce a separation agreement?
    Reply if you can assist me.”

    Upon a request for further information we received:

    No. 2″My name is Shizuko Newberg and I am currently in Japan for an assignment. Thanks for your response to me email inquiry. My ex husband Allen Newberg and I were divorced in Japan but he has since relocated to the United States (Roslindale, MA). He is a citizen.

    The legal description of my case involved both of us agreeing under a Property and Settlement agreement incorporated, merged into and made part of the final judgment of dissolution of marriage for a settlement of child support, spousal support, and medical support of $857,000, of which $282,000 has been remitted by him leaving a balance of $575,000.00 to be paid. This is the reason why I contacted your firm 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. Attached for your perusal is a copy of the Property settlement agreement, and the Court’s Decree and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case on request. I expect this to be resolved in a timely manner. If you want to take up this case, kindly send me a copy of your draft 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.
    Yours truly,

    Ms. Shizuko Newberg”

    Then we received No. 3:

    “Good day,

    Attached for your perusal is a copy of the Property settlement agreement, and the Court’s Decree and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case on request.kindly send me a copy of your draft agreement and if the terms are acceptable I will sign so we can commence the process without delay.

    Ms Shizuko”

    Because this was suspicious, one of our bright associates did a search on GOOGLE. It was not hard to see this was a scam. Thank you for your postings. It was helpful. I hope someone out there finds ours helpful also.

  33. Anthony R. Morrow says:

    Yet another contact. The email was received from andersonfumiko137@gmail.com.

    Thank you for your prompt response. I will start by telling you about myself and the situation going on with me and my ex husband.

    I live in America and Japan due to my kind of work and also with my ex-Husband. Am living in Japan and Bill Anderson (ex-husband) lives in Alkansas at the moment. Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to reach you or book appointment. I figure the best way for us to communicate is by email as the huge time difference.

    We had a divorce some time ago and i took custody of our kids which was stated by the court and he will financially support me on a once payment so i can start a new life and care for the kids. Following our divorce, we agreed under a negotiated settlement agreement which is incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a one-time payment of $878,650.00 USD for Family support (this includes child support, alimony and medical support). To his credit, he has paid me $201,600.00 USD but still owing $677.050.00 USD and the due time for completion of payment is over.

    Thus, I request your legal counsel and representation to enforce the final judgment thereby compelling him to remit the balance owed me. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. Attached is a copy of the separation agreement and Final Judgment. Read it and let me know if you can work with it. If you consider it ok, let me know and I will be pleased to provide further information on this case on request. I desire to retain your law firm, please forward your firm’s retainer fee agreement for full support so that we can proceed. Thank you and have a pleasant day

    Regards,
    Fumiko Anderson
    3-6-23 Karashimacho, Chuo-ku,
    Kumamoto. City 860-0804
    Phone: +81 (0) 505 809-8190

  34. Doug Graham says:

    Fumiko’s English is certainly improving. Of course, she writes a lot ……

  35. Daniel says:

    Received one today

    Brief description of your legal issue:
    Dear Counsel.

    In need of a Family/Divorce Lawyer/Attorney. If this falls within your area of practice please get back to me so that I can furnish you with details.

    Thanks
    FUMIKO ANDERSON

  36. Kevin Burke says:

    I am a US lawyer in the UK and had been dealing with this person the last few days after receiving the e-mail below:

    “I wish to file a contempt 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.

    Yours Truly,

    Kennedy Mika”

    mika.kennedy2010@gmail.com

  37. Teresa M says:

    I am an attorney in Hawaii and received an email from Fumiko via my website on 1/30/14. “She” informed me she lived in Japan and goes back and forth to Hawaii as does her ex who is currently in Hawaii. This inquiry did not seem suspicious given our proximity to Asia and I regularly deal with clients in these situations. So I did respond and asked for more information which she then sent me “documents” with a prefecture in Japan.

    I did send an agreement and received a signature from “her”. In the email it said not to contact her ex yet as he agreed to pay by next week and not to do anything until I heard further but that “She” would send me a retainer and wanted the name of my bank only. I then GOOGLED her and found this site..THANKS! Phew!

  38. Deidra says:

    I received the Fumiko Anderson email this morning. Something about it raised my suspicion so I googled the name. Thanks for exposing this scam!

  39. william D. Pruett says:

    Fort Worth, Texas same emal!

  40. Anita Pollock says:

    I am a paralegal and received the same scammer email. Luckily an attorney I work with was quick on the search of the name. She is using the email address of:
    fumikoanderson1@gmail.com and her husband is in Melbourne, FL

  41. Bev McElroy says:

    We have received 7 phone calls where I work in the last couple of days from law offices . All have said they received one of our checks in the amount of $677,050.00 for this same scam and were calling to verify if we really sent the check. We closed the checking account, of course. After all this time you’d think they would at least change the name and amount so it’s not so easy to Google.

  42. Paul says:

    Got this today. They’re also using the email fumianderson22@gmail.com.

  43. Brad says:

    They have changed the name….. My letter is from Miura Hitoshi….

    Please add this name to your list so it shows up in Google searches.

    Received the letter, Separation documents, passport photo, signed contract returned…… Her husband is due in any day now to drop off the money !!

  44. Janice says:

    Received an email with just a subject line: “Please advise if you handle Enforcement Issue in Family Law Matter. Nishiyo Stryker&8207″ – email was from lisadav@iprimus.com.au – maybe a similar scam?

  45. Juls says:

    I got this one:

    Subject: Please advise if you handle child support enforcement in violation of a court order?

    Body Message:
    Regards,
    A Koch

    Sender: tmnawright@iprimus.com.au

  46. Sara BAxter says:

    We also received this scam. It was from From: Nishiyo Stryker with the email address: rweier@iprimus.com.au

    The email read as follows:

    Dear Counsel,

    I wish to file an enforcement petition against my ex-spouse for breaching
    the court’s decree with regards to payment of child support, alimony and
    medical support.kindly advise immediately if you can take this case.

    Regards,

    Nishiyo Stryker

  47. Brooke says:

    Still aliveand kicking. Here’s the email I received:

    “Sender: adv_asbestos@iprimus.com.au

    Subject: Contempt Inquiry‏

    Dear Counsel,

    I wish to file a case against my ex-husband for breaching of court ordered payment due from our divorce please advice if you take such case.

    Ms Akemi Koch akemikoch@outlook.com



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