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Separation agreement scam using the name Huan Song (or Shan Song)

July 30, 2013 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

[Updated July 2014]

40 lawyers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico notified us that they received an email from the purported Huan Song (or Shan Song) 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 reply and fake documentation sent by the fraudster to the lawyer:

From: HUAN SONG
Date: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 4:17 AM
Subject: Abogado Consulta
To:

My name is HUAN SONG,
I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex-spouse (SHAN SONG) who resides in your jurisdiction for breaching the court’s decree with regards to payment of family divorce settlement. Please advise if you handle such case to enable me furnish you with more details.

I will also need a referral email address if this is not your field of practice.

I look forward to your response.

Regards,
HUAN SONG


Replying to the email brought this response:

Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry. Am residing in Japan for an assignment at present and my ex-spouse Shan Song lives in your jurisdiction.

We were married and divorced in South Korea with 4 children, my ex-husband Shan Song relocated to Puerto Rico, he is a business man, he is into Real Estate Management, 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 $941,100.00USD, he has paid me $270,500.00USD but still owing $670,600.00USD and the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed.

I am hereby am now seeking your legal assistance in collecting the balance or helping me enforce and have him honor the agreement. I will be providing further information upon your request. I have already advised Shan my ex that I will be retaining a lawyer, so he knows I am ready to take action to get my money from him.

Please let me know if you require consultation fees before you advice or after the case is done, and if so I will require you to send me your Retainer Agreement base on an hourly rate so we can start from there. I need to know if I will be able to work with your terms.

Attached is a copy of the Separation Agreement, Decree of Divorce and our Marriage Certificate.

This is my first time seeking for a lawyer and I believe a law firm like yours is needed to help me collect payment from him or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

Please send me your Retainer Agreement for my review in your next email.

Yours Truly,
Huan Song
2-1-2 Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku Tokyo Japan 141-6021
Phone:+81-8032131518

Song Driver license

Song MCertificate

A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:

Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry. Am residing in China for an assignment at present and my ex-spouse Shan Song lives in your jurisdiction.

We were married and divorced in South Korea with 4 children, my ex-husband Shan Song relocated to Puerto Rico, he is a business man, he is into Real Estate Management, 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 $941,100.00USD, he has paid me $270,500.00USD but still owing $670,600.00USD and the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed.

I am hereby am now seeking your legal assistance in collecting the balance or helping me enforce and have him honor the agreement. I will be providing further information upon your request. I have already advised Shan Song my ex that I will be retaining a lawyer, so he knows I am ready to take action to get my money from him.

Please let me know if you require consultation fees before you advice or after the case is done, and if so I will require you to send me your retainer agreement base on an hourly rate so we can start from there. I need to know if I will be able to work with your terms.

Attached is a copy of the Separation Agreement, Decree of Divorce and our Marriage Certificate.

This is my first time seeking for a lawyer and I believe a law firm like yours is needed to help me collect payment from him or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.

Please send me your retainer agreement for my review in your next email.

Yours Truly,
Huan Song
Address:No.7 Qiangu Louyuan Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing China
Tel:+86-106-275-4138

Song DECREE OF DIVORCE

Song SEPARATION AGREEMENT

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.

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5 Responses to “Separation agreement scam using the name Huan Song (or Shan Song)”


  1. Report for yours, I am receiving about 3 weeks messages fron this Huan Song, probably is fraud please urgent i need what i do in this case, tank you

  2. TimLemieux says:

    Best to just ignore any future emails from this person.

  3. chris gauthier says:

    Got the same email, same docs, all of it on May 8, 2014.

  4. Geraldine says:

    I have received this exact email. August 7th, 2014.

  5. Kyle says:

    Received this on 08/13/2014. It made its way to Arizona.



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