Below is a sample of the most recent fraudulent email scam. You will also find a list of names associated to the various types of email scams which continue to be circulated to our members here.
Separation Agreement Scam
A number of members notified us that they received an email from the purported Hania Marmon, Hania Allen or Mariam Jacob looking to retain them with regards to collecting overdue payments resulting from a separation agreement.
This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents a 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).
Here is the initial email sent by the fraudster:
From: Hania Marmon [email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 5:08 AM
Subject: Legal Representation
This letter is regarding inquiry if your firm handles family law cases. My ex-husband violated court order in payment of child, spousal and medical support. Please advise if you handle such case.
One of our members acknowledged the email and was then sent the following email:
Subject: Re: re your inquiry
From: “HANIA ALLEN”
Date: Mon, April 14, 2014 11:50 pm
Sorry for the delay in 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, my ex husband Mr. Marmon 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 $1,311.020.00, he has paid me $436,820.00 but still owing $874,200.00 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. Marmon now lives in NL?. He is a citizen in your country. Please Attached 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 and let me know your retainer fee to handle this case. Please send me a copy of your retainer agreement and if the terms are acceptable I will retained your firm so we can commence the process without delay,
Thank you for your cooperation.
If you have been targeted by any of these frauds, please forward any of the emails and supporting documents that you have received to firstname.lastname@example.org.