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Collaborative Law Agreement scam still used

28 February 2020

Fraudsters attempting to steal from lawyers by email and online have become more sophisticated over the years. However, one old tried and true email scam is still appearing in the inboxes of New Zealand lawyers.

Spotted this week from someone - still very likely in Nigeria - calling themselves Linda Diaz (but the name will change frequently - interestingly "Linda" doesn't seem to have her own email address and uses that of tarhani_ibrahim@hotmail.com) is this email, which sticks quite closely to the wording used over the last decade:

Hello,

My name is  Linda Diaz . I am contacting your firm in regards to a divorce settlement with my ex husband Michael Diaz who resides in your Country. We were based in United States, but i am still currently in United States. We had an out of court Agreement (Collaborative Law Agreement) for him to pay $180,450.00 plus legal fees. He has only paid me $44,000 since. I am hereby seeking your firm for assistance in collecting the balance from him. He has agreed already to pay me the balance but it is my belief that a Law firm like yours is needed to help me collect payment from my ex-husband or litigate this matter if he fails to pay as promised. 

Sincerely,
Linda Diaz.

Delete it.

Last updated on the 28th February 2020