Separation agreement scam by Crystal Hokkien
Date First Reported: May 2013
Primary Name Associated: Crystal Hokkien
Description of Potential Fraud:
Three lawyers in the U.S. have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Crystal Hokkien 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 examples of other names attached to this kind of fraud see our Confirmed Fraud Page. For an explanation of how this fraud works see our Fraud Fact Sheet.
Here is the initial email:
From: [email protected]
Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2013 6:45:49 AM
I am seeking legal representation to enforce settlement agreement
A lawyer who replied got this response and fake documentation:
Thanks for your mail. I agree to pay your retainer fee. Am currently working in Japan for the past 6 months now and my ex- spouse lives in your region. Due to the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to determine the best time to call you. We agreed under a property settlement Agreement attached to this mail for a onetime cash settlement of $786,920.00 USD and $271,600.00 USD for property division and Family support respectively. To his credit, he has paid me $200,000.00 USD from a total of $1,058,520 but still owing $800,520.00 USD. Hence, I need your counsel in order to collect the balance owed to me under the settlement agreement.
The Final judgment of dissolution of marriage also attached makes reference to a Settlement Agreement being attached to and incorporated therein. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions by retaining your firm. Please send me your firm’s retainer agreement letter via email attachment so that we can proceed. Thank you for your help and have a pleasant day.
Address: Sumida-ku, Arka Central Building, 89F Tokyo Japan
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