Date First Reported: May 2012

Primary Name Associated: Mary Lee Teng-hui

Description of Potential Fraud:


Two lawyers in the U.S. have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Elena Kinoshita with regards to a to a collaborative family law agreement dispute. 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 the initial email:

From: Mary Lee Teng- hui >
Date: May 23, 2012 12:54:57 PM EDT
To: lawyer name
Subject: Request for Legal Services
Reply-To: “[email protected]>

Dear Counsel,

Am requesting for a lawyer in your firm that can represent me in the collaborative law agreement between me and my ex husband.

Your’s truly,
Mary Lee Teng- hui

How to handle a real or suspected fraud

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