Seperation agreemeent scam by Cynthia Taisu
Date First Reported: February 2013
Primary Name Associated: Cynthia Taisu
Description of Potential Fraud:
A lawyer in Ontario and one in Pennsylvania have notified us that they’ve been contacted by the purported Cynthia Taisu 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 details on how this fraud works and a full list of names attached to it see our Confirmed Fraud page.
After responding to an initial email, the lawyers received this response and fake documentation:
From: Ms Cynthia Taisu [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 8:49 AM
To: lawyer email
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP
I appreciate your prompt response to my inquiry As a result of time difference between both countries, it’s a little bit difficult to reach your law office via telephone though I will give it a try as soon as I am disposed. I will try as much as possible to let you into what transpired between I and my ex-spouse before he relocated to Media, PA, United States.
We were divorced in South Korea but my ex husband Mr.Taisu now live in United States, he is a citizen in your country.
We both agreed under a separation agreement incorporated, merged into and made part of the court decree for a settlement of child support, spousal support, and medical support of $461,100.00, he has paid me 150,000.00 but still owing $311,100.00 and the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed.
The reason I have contacted your law office is that there is already an agreement in place and I am bent on getting what is due for me and my children. I know certainly that my ex-spouse has the financial means to pay balance he owes me,to this end.
I request your legal services to enforce the court order compelling him to remit balance due me and my children. I will be willing to provide more details including documents on this case upon you request. I expect this to be resolved in a timely manner and as such if you are willing to proceed, kindly send me a copy of your law firm’s letter of engagement/retainer and if the terms are acceptable I will sign so we can commence the process without delay.
What are your charges per hour for an attorney and a paralegal? Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and professionalism.
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