Date First Reported: June 2014

Primary Name Associated: Ellison Kazumi

Description of Potential Fraud:


Six U.S. firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Ellison Kazumi 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: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2014 12:28 PM
Subject: Child Support Inquiry!

Please advise if you handle child support enforcement in violation of a court order?
Ms. Kazumi.

Replying to the email brought this response:

Thanks for your response, i am contacting your office because of an agreement in place and I have tried calling but its little bit difficult to reach your law office due to the much hours difference in time. I am still going to call you but i first want you to know what transpired, my ex husband Mr. Ellison has failed to obey court order as agreed

We entered 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 $843,250.00, he has paid me $331,500.00 but still owing $511,750.00 and he refuse now the stipulated time for completion of payment has long elapsed and i know he has the financial means to pay the balance owed to me.

And he refuse to produce the balance I request your legal services with regards to compelling him to remit balance owed to me with full force Mr. Ellison now lives in Knoxville, TN He is a citizen in your country.

Please Attached to this mail is a copy of the Separation Agreement and the Final Judgment.I will be pleased to provide further information on this case on request and I expect this to be resolved in a timely manner.

I wish to retain your firm for this purpose, let me know your retainer fee to handle this case and please send me a copy of your agreement letter for my review and if the terms are acceptable I will retain your firm so we can commence the process without delay,

Thank you for your cooperation, as i await your agreement letter because i look forward to your Assistance, I hope to hear back from you soon

Ms Kazumi.
7B, 9-15 Naka-ku, Nagoyashi, Japan.

Kazumi passport

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