Separation agreement scam by Zaila Haruyo
Date First Reported: June 2013
Primary Name Associated: Zaila Haruyo
Description of Potential Fraud:
A lawyer in Israel notified us that he was contacted by the purported Zaila Haruyo 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:
My name is Zaila Haruyo. I am a contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband (Wardley Hayaki) who resides in your jurisdiction.I am currently in Japan. We had a settlement agreement for him to pay $470,000.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $120,000.00 since . I am hereby seeking your firm to represent me in collecting the balance from him.
He has agreed already to pay me the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect this payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised. Please get back to me via my private email ([email protected]) if this is a case you can undertake.
I look forward hearing from you soon .
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thank you so much for your email. Its always very hard to be able to ascertain when best to call from here because of the time difference and this is a big barrier toward achieving a successful conference call. If it may pleased you to know, in my humbly suggest we communicate via email while I figure out when best to reach on phone due the course of this representation.
My Husband and I had an out of court agreement (Settlement Agreement) for him to pay $470,000.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $120,000.00 since; I am hereby seeking your firm’s assistance in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed to pay me the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect/enforce payment from my ex-husband Wardley Hayaki or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised, My ex lives in your jurisdiction.
I still reinstates my appear to have your firm collect these owned funds on my behalf instead of having him pay directly to me which I am very sure he will not, as I have made several efforts to collect these funds and all yielded no result I will be pleased to provide further information on this matter on request. I expect this to be a non-litigation matter as I have already notified him in enforcing your firm service. Please send me your retainer service agreement fee so I can have a preview and execute.
Please find attached
9-4-2 Akasaka, minato ku, Tokyo, Japan
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