Separation agreement scam using the name Annuska Eito-Eiichi
Date First Reported: November 2014
Primary Name Associated: Annuska Eito-Eiichi
Description of Potential Fraud:
We were bcc’d on an email from the purported Annuska Eito-Eiichi looking to retain a lawyer with regard to 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:
My name is Annuska Eito-Eiichi, I am contacting your law firm in regards to a divorce resolution with my ex husband (Mr. Eito-Eiichi) who now dwells in your place. I am from Nagoya, Japan where I live and had our two children with me (Akiko and Atsuko Eito Eiichi).
We had a settlement agreement for him to pay me with any associated legal fees. Since the divorce paper was read at the court here in Japan. Twenty months ago, Mr. Eito-Eiichi my ex husband had only paid me once and moved to Jurisdiction.
I am hereby seeking your firm to represent me in collecting the balance from him. The last message he sent me, He agreed that he would pay me the balance but not keeping up with his promise and 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.
I look forward to hearing from you and any legal advice to proceed with this matter.
Thanking you in advance!
Annuska Eito Eiichi.
1-305 Itakadai, Meito-ku,
Nagoya-shi, Japan 465
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