Separation agreement scam by Wendy Tadaharu
Date First Reported: March 2013
Primary Name Associated: Wendy Tadaharu
Description of Potential Fraud:
Ten Ontario lawyers have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Wendy Tadaharu 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: Wendy Tadaharu [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: March-10-13 4:34 PM
Subject: Legal Inquiry
I need your legal help over a Settlement Agreement funds against me and my ex husband who resides in your jurisdiction.Do get back to me on my alternaive email I.d [email protected]
A lawyer who replied got this response and counterfeit documentation.
I thank you for your response. I am living in South Korea and My ex husband David Tadaharu lives in your jurisdiction. I tried calling a couple of times and with the time difference (+13hrs EST) it is a little bit difficult to gauge the best time to reach you. We agreed under the Settlement Agreement attached to this email for a onetime cash settlement of $623,000.00 usd to his credit, he has paid me $122,000.00 usd but still owing $501,000.00 usd. He is aware of my intention to seek legal actions. I have already advised him I am planning on retaining your firm. Proceed and send me a copy of your service retainer fee agreement so I can preview and go through the terms and conditions of your firm also send along the mode of remittance. Thank you and awaits your soonest response.
Ms. Wendy Tadaharu
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