Divorce settlement agreement scam by Michelle Seung (or Seug) [updated June 2013]
Date First Reported: September 2012
Primary Name Associated: Michelle Seung
Description of Potential Fraud:
Seven lawyers in Ontario and the US have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Michelle Seung (or Seug) 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:
Pardon my mode of communication, I have gone through your profile and am
pleased with your reputation. I would want you to help me file a contempt
petition against my ex-spouse for failure to make court ordered payments of
Child Support and Medical support, please reply to my personal email.
A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:
I appreciate your swift response as per my inquiry. I would have visited your office if I was in the states but I live in south Korea while my ex spouse Hadrian Seung who is a citizen of U.S.A lives in St. George, Utah . I and my ex spouse fell in love during his UN deployment visit to south Korea 1995 and got married 1996. He is a medical practitioner for the UN. As a result of my conductive deafness it is difficult to reach you by phone, would have loved to discuss this matter on phone.
I and my ex spouse agreed under a separation Agreement incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a settlement of Child Support, Spousal Support, and Medical support of $781,750USD he has only paid $195,000 but still owing $586,750 and the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed.
This is the reason why I contacted you as there is already an agreement in place. Thus, I request your legal services to enforce the court order compelling him to remit balance owed me. kindly send me a copy of your retainer and if the terms are acceptable I will sign so we can commence the process without delay, Immediately I receive the retainer agreement I will furnish you with all documents concerning this case.
# 34 Yonhi Dong,
Seoul, 110-113, South Korea
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