FRAUD ALERT: Collaborative law scam emails from “Sun-Hi Dong”

A series of collaborative law emails purportedly from a "Sun-Hi Dong” have recently been circulating – example here:

From: Sun-Hi Dong sun-hi-dong@hotmail.com
Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 3:55 PM

Subject: Petition

I wish to file a case against my ex-husband (Seung Dong) who relocated to your country for failure to complete court ordered payments of Child Support, Spousal Support, Equitable distribution and Medical support in our separation agreement. Kindly respond to confirm your readiness to assist.

I will also need a referral if this is not your field of practice.

I am earnestly waiting for your reply.

Warmest Regards,
Sun-Hi Dong

These have been confirmed as scam attempts – any communication from this individual 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. When both parties are using Canadian banks, 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, visit the Fraud section on lians.ca, and to report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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