FRAUD ALERT: Collaborative agreement scam attempt from "Susan Choi"
We have received numerous reports from Nova Scotia lawyers who’ve received the following scam attempt from “Susan Choi”. The response emails were as follows:
From: Susan Choi [mail to: topspring 033 @ gmail. com]
Sent: July-08-17 1:23 PM
Subject: YOUR LEGAL ASSISTANCE
My name is Susan Choi, I am contacting your you in regards to a divorce settlement and childcare benefits with my Ex husband who lives in your jurisdiction. We had an out of Court Agreement (Collaborative Agreement) But he had failed to come up with our Agreement terms, This is the reason I seek legal assistance from your jurisdiction on this matter.
Pls advise on your standard retainer fee and procedures so that I can forward you the agreement for a conflict check.
Kindly advice immediately.
This has been confirmed as a scam attempt – any communication from these individuals may be simply dismissed.
Be vigilant with every request for services that you receive. Fraudulent requests for services can be made by email, paper mail and courier, as well as individuals who arrive in person to retain you and use your trust account to receive and disburse funds. Be cautious with all cheques received, especially if they exceed an agreed upon amount.
Visit our Fraud section to read more on current reported scams and how to avoid them. Remember that you must always confirm a prospective client’s identification in accordance with the Client ID Regulations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
If you decide to proceed with a transaction, be sure to go to the bank website to verify branch transit number, address and phone number on the cheque. Wait until the bank confirms that the funds are legitimate and are safe to withdraw from the deposit. Where possible, use the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), an electronic funds transfer system that allows large payments to be exchanged securely and immediately.
For tips to avoid being victimized, read a list of "Red Flags”, and visit the Fraud section on lians.ca. To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902 423 1300, x346.