Date First Reported: March 2012

Primary Name Associated: Rebecca Schneider

Description of Potential Fraud:


Four Ontario lawyers have notified us that they have been contacted by the purported Rebecca Schneider with regards 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.

This is the same name (with different email address) that we’ve also seen recently attached to a business loan fraud.

Here is the initial email:

From: Rebecca Schneider [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2012 03:34 AM
Subject: Re: Legal Representation.

Dear Counsel,

I am seeking legal representation from your law firm regarding a breach of
divorce settlement agreement I had with my ex husband who now resides in your
jurisdiction. We had an out of court agreement for him to pay me $578,000.00
plus legal fees. He has only paid me $78,000 ever since this agreement was
reached. So it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me
collect my due settlement from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if need be.

I need legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue. If
this is your area of practice, please contact me to provide you with further


Rebecca Schneider.

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]

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