Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Sandra Natsuko

Description of Potential Fraud:


To round off one of the busiest weeks of fraud notifications we’ve had, here is yet another collaborative family law scam: this time from Sandra Natsuko. She joins Christiana Andreasson, Yoshiko Kannon, Kanako Yuji and Eiko Akaba as new names we’ve seen this week.

Are we seeing more names because the fraudsters realize their frauds are now only a Google search away from being discovered, and they need to come up with new monikers more quickly?

Here is the message:

Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:52:08 +0800
Subject: I Seek Legal Action
From: [email protected]

Dear Counsel

My name is Sandra Natsuko. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband Mukhai Natsuko who resides in your jurisdiction I am currently on assignment in South Korea. We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $950,500.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $251,500.00 since.

I am hereby seeking your firm`s assistance in collecting the balance from him or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised because He has delayed for too long. If you are in the position to represent me at the moment kindly advice immediately.
Reply to [email protected]

Your’s Truly,
Sandra Natsuko

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