Separation agreement scam by Sapphire Nikkori
Date First Reported: March 2013
Primary Name Associated: Sapphire Nikkori
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two lawyers in Ontario and one in New York have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Sapphire Nikkori 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 one example of the initial email:
From: Ms. Sapphire Nikkori [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 11:33 AM
Subject: [Junk] Request Your Legal Service
I request your legal services in enforcement of property settlement agreement against my ex-husband. If you are interested in rendering your legal services, please kindly advice immediately for more details.
Ms. Sapphire Nikkori
And here is another initial email:
From: Sapphire Nikkori
Please i need your Legal/Councel Assistance from your firm. Get back to me Asap.
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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