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Collaborative law agreement fraud resurfaces

15 June 2017

An email fraud aimed at lawyers which pretends to use a Collaborative Law Agreement has resurfaced in New Zealand.

Purportedly sent by Stephanie Perkins, the fraud pretends that the husband of "Stephanie" (probably resident in Nigeria) owes her money from their separation agreement. All the lawyer has to do is to collect it. And to make things even better, the husband has agreed that he will pay.

Further instalments of the fraud have emails from the "husband" appearing and a cheque arriving (which is forged). The intention is for the lawyer to deposit the cheque in a trust account and remit Stephanie's money (after deducting a generous fee, and after an "emergency" means the money must be sent as soon as possible). The cheque will take a while to bounce, but Stephanie and her husband will have vanished.

From: stephanyperkins@gmail.com

Subject: I AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE

I am Ms. Stephanie Perkins , I am contacting your firm in regards to my settlement with my separated husband who resides in your jurisdiction. I am currently living in 

America.We had an out of court agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay  $975,000.00 plus legal fees but unfortunately he has only paid me $188,000.00.

I am hereby requesting your firm to assist in collecting the balance from him, he is willing to pay me the balance but I would appreciate if your office handles the 

collection process from him to avoid further delays or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised.Kindly respond asap if you are available to render me your services.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Perkins.

Last updated on the 15th June 2017