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Collaborative family law agreement collection scam by Beverly Kawashima [updated January 17]

In January 2011 an Ontario lawyer exchanged emails with the purported Beverly Kawashima. That conversation is reproduced below. The messages this fraudster sent are virtually identical to messages other lawyers have received recently on collaborative family law agreement scams from the purported Kathy Cheung and Peggy Higashi. Subsequent to our first post we have had… Read More »

Categories: Divorce Settlement Fraud

Bad cheque scam on real estate deal by Siam Rai

This post contains the amazing back-and-forth email exchange between a lawyer and a fraudster that occurred over the course of four weeks. (See the post on the Melissa Andersen fraud for another amazing back-and-forth email exchange between a fraudster and a lawyer.) This is an example of a bad cheque on a real estate deal… Read More »

Categories: Real Estate Fraud


Collaborative family law agreement collection scam by Vera Ho

Over the last four weeks several Ontario lawyers have reported receiving the message reproduced below from the purported Vera Ho. The reply to address is different from the sender address (a red flag): [email protected] This message is identical (excepting the subject line) to the initial contact message other lawyers have received recently from the purported… Read More »

Categories: Divorce Settlement Fraud


Family law collection scam by Peggy Higashi [Updated January 2011]

From late November through January 2011 several Ontario firms have reported receiving the email reproduced below. Note the fraud red flags: it is generically addressed; the sender’s email address and display names do not match; and the email address that replies are requested to be sent to is yet another different address. Other firms received… Read More »

Categories: Divorce Settlement Fraud

Family collection scam email from Kathy Cheung [Updated January 28, 2011]

Between mid-November and late December 2010 we heard from several lawyers that received messages from the purported Kathy Cheung (ex is Terry Cheung). Update: Through January 2011 we heard from almost 50 lawyers that received messages from Cheung similar to the initial contact and subsequent messages below. Many of the lawyers we heard from are… Read More »

Categories: Divorce Settlement Fraud


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