Separation agreement scam using the name Hachirou Hasfa
Date First Reported: January 2014
Primary Name Associated: Hachirou Hasfa
Description of Potential Fraud:
An Ontario firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Hachirou Hasfa 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: Hachirou Hasfa [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, January 10, 2014 11:14 PM
Subject: Your Service is highly needed
My name is Ms Hachirou Hasfa, I wish to file a contempt petition against my ex-spouse (Sain Young) who resides in your jurisdiction for breaching the court’s decree with regards to payment of family divorce settlement. Please advice if you handle such case to enable me furnishes you with more details. Send your reply to my alternative email address ([email protected])
I will also need a referral email address if this is not your field of practice.
I look forward to your response.
Ms Hachirou Hasfa
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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