Separation agreement scam using the name Angela Azuma
Date First Reported: April 2014
Primary Name Associated: Angela Azuma
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Angela Azuma 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:
—- Message from Angela Azuma [email protected] on Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:08:32 +0100 —–
Subject: Assistance for failure to complete court ordered payments
Dear Counsel ,
I wish to file a case against my ex-husband ( Michael Azuma ) 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.
Angela Azuma .
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