Separation agreement scam using the name Andrian Nakazato
Date First Reported: May 2014
Primary Name Associated: Andrian Nakazato
Description of Potential Fraud:
[Updated Jan 2015]
50 lawyers in Canada and the U.S. have notified us that they received an email from the purported Andrian Nakazato looking to retain them with regards to a collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement.
This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). See our Confirmed Fraud Page for more of an explanation of how these frauds work and to see other names associated with it. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the initial email sent by the fraudster to the lawyer:
From: Andrian Nakazato [email protected]
Date: Sun, May 25, 2014 at 1:06 PM
Subject: Assistance for failure to complete court ordered payments
Dear Counsel ,
I wish to file a case against my ex-husband ( Ramseyer Nakazato ) for
failure to complete court ordered payments of Child Support, Spousal
Support, Equitable distribution and Medical support in our separation
agreement. Kindly respond to confirm your readiness to assist.
I am earnestly waiting for your reply.
Andrian Nakazato .
Replying to the email brought this response:
Thank you for your prompt response to my inquiry. Am residing in Japan. And my ex-spouse Ramseyer Nakazato lives in your jurisdiction.
We were married and divorced in South Korea with 4 children, my ex-husband Ramseyer Nakazato relocated in Costa Rica, he is a business man, he is into Real Estate Management, 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 $950,500.00USD, he has paid me $251,500.00USD but still owing $699,000.00USD and the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed.
I am hereby am now seeking your legal assistance in collecting the balance or helping me enforce and have him honor the agreement. I will be providing further information upon your request. I have already advised Ramseyer Nakazato my ex that I will be retaining a lawyer, so he knows I am ready to take action to get my money from him, So I will require you to send me your retainer
agreement base on an hourly rate so we can start from there. I need to know if I will be able to work with your terms.
Attached is a copy of the Separation Agreement, Decree of Divorce.
This is my first time seeking for a lawyer and I believe a law firm like yours is needed to help me collect payment from him or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised. Please send me your retainer agreement for my review in your next email. Please be inform my english is not clear enough, let me know how we can do this?
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