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Separation agreement scam using the name Maki (or Mako) Kennedy

October 24, 2013 By: FraudInfo Category: Confirmed frauds

[Updated Nov 2013]

Twenty lawyers in Ontario and the U.S. have notified us that they received an email from the purported Maki (or Mako) Kennedy 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: Maki Kennedy [mailto:mikakennedy@outlook.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 4:31 AM
Subject: Unpaid support obligations

Please i wish to file a contempt petition against my ex-spouse for failure to make court ordered payments of Child Support, Spousal Support, Equitable distribution and Medical support.Please advise if you handle such case.However,kindly make referral if this is not your area of practice.

Yours Faithfully,
Maki Kennedy.

Replying to the email brought this response:

Thank you for your interest in my case. I would have loved to schedule an appointment to come over to your office for consultation but I am not currently in the states, I live in Japan while my ex husband Brian Kennedy who is a US Citizen lives in your jurisdiction. I and my ex husband fell in love during His UN deployment visit to Japan 1996 and got married 23rd of May, 1997, at Kumamoto Family Court. My ex husband Brian Kennedy is a medical practitioner for the United Nations. Due to my hearing problem (Disability) it is difficult to talk to you on phone, would have loved to discuss this matter on phone but I can read and write very well. If need be it to testify in the United States I will make myself available at that time.

My ex husband and agreed under a separation agreement incorporated, merged into and made part of the court order for a settlement of Child Support, Spouse Support and Medical Support of $918,500.00 USD he has only paid $245,600.00 January 28th, 2013 but still owing $672,900.00 and the stipulated time for the completion of payment April 17th, 2013 has long elapsed.

I am contacting your firm due to the fact that there is already an agreement in place and a court order. For your review I have attached document you will find my ID, in PDF the Court Order and Separation Agreement. I request your firm’s legal service to enforce the court order compelling him to remit balance owed to me. For my review I request your attorney-client retainer agreement and if the terms are acceptable I will sign so we can commence the process as soon as possible. Immediately I receive the retainer agreement I will Sign and return to your office.

Yours Faithfully,
Maki Kennedy.

Maki Agreement

Maki Decree

Maki ID

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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27 Responses to “Separation agreement scam using the name Maki (or Mako) Kennedy”


  1. Michael Fate says:

    I received the Mako Kennedy email today, so it is still being sent out.

    Michael Fate

  2. Jean Talburt says:

    Our office received a similar email.

  3. Shannon Lynch says:

    I received one yesterday and today.

  4. Vlatka Persin says:

    I have received a Mako Kennedy e-mail today.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have received similar email correspondence from Mako Kennedy. I have also received a check from a Canadian bank for 230, 980.00 dollars which was deposited. I have letter from a investment group. I have copies of separation agreement and decreed. I have telephone number of someone claiming to be Brian Kennedy

  6. Larisa says:

    Our office has received two correspondences from “Mako Kennedy:” BEWARE

    2/2/2014 @ 5:22 am

    Mako Kennedy
    Email
    maki.kennd01@gmail.com

    Message
    I am making an inquiry, please indicate if you practice in Domestic Relations, Family law, Child Support. I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex husband for breaching the court order with regards to the above mentioned case. If not your area of practice refer me to a family law attorney.

    Thanks,

    Mako Kennedy.

    3/19/2014 3:26pm

    Ms. Mako
    Email
    makkenn@outlook.com

    Message
    I am making an inquiry, please indicate if you practice in Domestic Relations, Family law, Child Support. I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex husband for breaching the court order with regards to the above mentioned case. If not your area of practice refer me to a family law attorney.

    Thanks,
    Mako Kennedy

  7. Bron says:

    We received this email on 23 April and 24 April 2014. We are a firm in Australia, so either it was sent to us by mistake or this scam isn’t confined to the United States.

  8. Amy says:

    Received this last year twice and today again :/

  9. Michelle says:

    Our office received am email this morning saying:

    From: “Mako. Kennedy.”
    Date: March 26, 2014 at 9:00:51 AM EDT
    Subject: Petition.
    Reply-To: “makoken1011@hotmail.com”
    Dear Counsel,

    I am making an inquiry, please indicate if you practice in Domestic Relations, Family law, Child Support. I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex husband for breaching the court order with regards to the above mentioned case. If not your area of practice refer me to a family law attorney.

    Thanks,
    Mako Kennedy.

  10. K. Trayah says:

    Received this email this week in our office as well. Located in North Carolina.

  11. J. Kiebel says:

    I also received this email yesterday. Grand Rapids, MI.

  12. S. Strohacker says:

    I received such an email this morning in N.C.

  13. Jaime says:

    We received this scam 2 days ago in Sarasota, Florida.

  14. Alyssa says:

    Received in Oro Valley, AZ

  15. Stephen says:

    I received the same email today here in Los Angeles.

    I enjoy playing with them and then dropping them like a flat ball.

  16. Janet Rubel says:

    Beware Legal Practitioners! I received the Mako Kennedy e-mail in Northbrook, IL. last week. Friday I received a purported cashier’s check drawn on the Hudson Valley Bank for $450,000.00. The check number amount was for $4.5 million dollars and the text was for $450.000.00.

    There were other red flags such as receiving the check from Canada, a return address on the envelope which is a vacant lot in Chicago and a poorly written letter from the supposed native American ex-husband physician. The letter was not signed.

    Thank you for your detective work warning us about these Internet predators.

    Janet Rubel

  17. D Colbert says:

    Just received this morning:
    Good day,

    I am making an inquiry, please indicate if you practice in Domestic Relations, Family law, Child Support. I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex husband for breaching the court order with regards to the above mentioned case. If not your area of practice refer me to a family law attorney.

    Thanks,
    Mako Kennedy.

  18. Raoul Garcia, Esq. says:

    I received the Mako email today, 5.19.14. I am in Miami, Florida.

  19. Adonis L., LL.B. says:

    I am a lawyer practicing in Montreal (Canada). I received the following email today (05-22-2014):

    “Dear Counsel

    Ref: Legal Inquiry,

    I am making an inquiry about possible representation to enforce terms of my dissolution agreement with my former husband. Please advise if you handle such case. I will also need a referral if this case is not within your line of practice.

    Yours Truly,

    Maki Kennedy.”

  20. Michelle says:

    Fort Lauderdale, FL. We were emailed in March 2014, and again yesterday …email read.

    Good day,

    I am making an inquiry, please indicate if you practice in Domestic Relations, Family law, Child Support. I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex husband for breaching the court order with regards to the above mentioned case. If not your area of practice refer me to a family law attorney.
    Thanks,
    Mako Kennedy.

  21. F. T. Hardy says:

    Received the same email in Virginia on June 21, 2014.

  22. Jackie says:

    Just received this email today:

    I am making an inquiry, please indicate if you practice in Domestic Relations, Family law, Child Support. I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex husband for breaching the court order with regards to the above mentioned case. If not your area of practice refer me to a family law attorney. Thanks, Ms. Kennedy

  23. Mike says:

    Received this email on July 17, 2014.

  24. Kaye Ford says:

    Received this email on July 21, 2013

  25. Bradley J. Woodworth says:

    I received identical from “Mako Kennedy” on July 28, 2014. My reply that services would commenced only after retainer funds had cleared all international banking collection times, 14+ business days, resulted in receipt of her second detailed letter, with amounts of $918,000+-. Brad Woodworth, Portland, Oregon.

  26. Michelle says:

    This is the second time we have been contacted by her. Message read ….

    Name mako kennedy
    Email mako_kennedy02@hotmail.com

    Dear Counsel,
    I am making an inquiry, please indicate if you practice in Domestic Relations, Family law, Child Support. I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex husband for breaching the court order with regards to the above mentioned case. If not your area of practice refer me to a family law attorney.

    Thanks, Mako Kennedy.

  27. Stephen says:

    Same message received at our office here in Ontario, Canada on October 31/14.



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