Divorce Settlement Fraud
Most divorce settlement fraud initial contact emails state that a spousal support payment is owed further to a collaborative law agreement signed by husband and wife (some do not reference a collaborative law agreement, but instead simply refer to general support payments owing). It is claimed that the ex-spouse is in the lawyer’s jurisdiction, while the email sender is always in the far away (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, etc).
The fraudster will provide identification, a copy of the support agreement and will complete a retain agreement. However, they will delay on paying any retainer fee and insist that the lawyer deduct the fee from the ex-spouse’s payment. That payment will arrive in short order, and in some cases even before the lawyer has agreed to act or sent a demand letter. The fraudster will ask the lawyer to deposit the cheque into the trust account, and then wire the payment (minus lawyer’s fees) to an overseas account. Of course, the cheque is counterfeit and the lawyer will then find a shortfall in the account.
Below is a list of names associated with this type of fraud.