Separation agreement scam using the name Mariam Jacob
Date First Reported: April 2014
Primary Name Associated: Mariam Jacob
Description of Potential Fraud:
Two Ontario lawyers notified us that they received an email from the purported Mariam Jacob 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:
I am seeking legal representation from your law firm regarding a breach of divorce settlement agreement I had with my ex husband who now reside in your jurisdiction. We had an out of court agreement for him to pay me $641,000.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $71,000 ever since this agreement was reached.
He has agreed already to pay me the balance yet he kept turning me around with numerous excuses. So it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect my due settlement from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if need be.
I need proper legal advice and assistance to know the best way to handle this issue. If this is your area of practice, please contact me to provide you with further Information.
Please kindly reply me at my email ([email protected])
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