Date First Reported: September 2011

Primary Name Associated: Diana Hamasaki

Description of Potential Fraud:


Lawyers in Ontario and Michigan have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Diana Hamasaki with regards to a divorce settlement. This is a fraud we have seen before under several other names and similar scenarios. For details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page.

Here is an example of the email and supporting documents sent by the fraudsters:

From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: September 23, 2011 7:26 AM
Subject: Dear Counsel (Divorce Settlement Agreement)

Dear Counsel
My name is Diana Hamasaki. I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband Craig Hamasaki who resides in your jurisdiction
I am currently on assignment in South Korea. We had an out of court agreement for him to pay $623,000,00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $122,000.00 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.
Yours Truly,
Diana Hamasaki.

Hamasaki Final Decree of Divorce

A lawyer in Illinois received a fake cheque from a Canadian bank.

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 [email protected]

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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