Separation agreement scam by Tama Wu Kenneth
Date First Reported: June 2013
Primary Name Associated: Tama Wu Kenneth
Description of Potential Fraud:
A California lawyer notified us that he was contacted by the purported Tama Wu Kenneth 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: Tama Kenneth
Date: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 1:48 AM
Subject: Re: Contact Form.
Good day,am contacting your firm towards a legal settlement which was abused by my Ex husband.I await your responds to enable me communicate my predicament to you.I could be reached on (805)263-7922 or EMAIL:[email protected], i await to hear from you soon.
Replying to the email brough this response and fake documentation:
Thanks for responding to my enquiry. I contacted your firm due to my marital challenges between my ex and I. I live in Japan and I came into the united states few days ago to seek legal representation against my ex who abandoned our Kids and I without compromising the effect of his actions.
I am a mother of 3 children, and are presently under my custody, I work with Tang Paper Mill in Osaka Japan, I work as a clerk. I was happily married to Mason Kenneth on August 22nd 1996 and we had 3 lovely kids (Andrew, Lopez and Ryan) Our marriage was blissful and full of life but suddenly, Mason started drinking, staying out of our matrimonial home and even hit me whenever I complained of his attitude on several occasion. At a time he harassed our kids and my life and that of the kids where no more safe.
I filed for separation which we had on December 12th 2012 and it was later incorporated to a divorce decree on the 20th of December 2012. Within these context we had a child support and Spousal support which amounted to $407,325.00 yearly and during our separation he paid $88,500.00 with a balances of $318,825.00 which he has not paid. However, I tried to file this case in Japan but I was advised by my previous attorney that I cannot seek legal action against Mason because he resides fully in the United states and the only option was for me to get an attorney that practice under his county/Jurisdiction thereby I found your firms contact.
Also, My ex (Mason Kenneth) is an American citizen .He lives within your county and when we were married he was a successful businessman and I know he has the financial capacity to address the child and spousal support on the Agreement. However, I want to be retained by your firm so I can file for contempt of Agreement and Send him a demand letter also. I have attached the Original and translated copies of the settlement Agreement and Divorce degree between Mason Kenneth and I. Am also in possession of our marriage certificate and Divorce Certificate . I shall send you hard copies of these document when retained.
Furthermore, I shall provide you with every needed information about my ex, I am also sure that my case will be given the needed attention. Kindly send me a copy of your draft agreement to have a better understanding of your firms terms and condition . I look forward to hearing from you soon and also expect my call too.
Tama Wu Kenneth
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