Date First Reported: August 2011

Primary Name Associated: Susan Yamazaki

Description of Potential Fraud:


Its been a while since we’ve seen a new name attached to the common divorce settlement and collaborative family law agreement scam, but two Ontario lawyers have alerted us to one: Susan Yamazaki.

For details of how this scam works and a full list of names associated with it, see the section of our Confirmed Frauds page that deals with divorce settlement and collaborative family law agreement scams.

Here is the email and ID sent by the fraudster:

From: Susan Yamazaki [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: August-31-11 3:11 AM
To: Lawyer
Subject: *****My divorce settlement*********

Dear Counsel,

I am urgently seeking a legal assistance with my divorce settlement, I would appreciate a prompt respond from your firm if this services can be provided.

Susan Yamazaki

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.

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