FRAUD ALERT: Separation agreement scam attempt from "Marlene Cox"

LIANS has been received numerous reports of the following scam attempt from “Marlene Cox”:

Dear Attorney,

Thank you for your response to my request for legal counsel. I reside in Japan and as a result of time difference it’s a little bit difficult to reach you, nevertheless I will call your office to discuss my case with you but I would like to explain briefly.

I Marlene Cox and my ex-husband (Alan Cox) were lawfully married on 20th of June, 1991, at Nagoya Family Court, Nagoya-shi, in Japan with 3 kids and as a result of some certain problems in our marriage we decided to separate and part ways by divorce, and both of us agreed to live separately, after the divorce my ex-husband (Alan Cox) relocated back to his home country (Canada) where he now resides.

Myself and my ex-husband have made a complete, fair and accurate disclosure to each other regarding all financial matters and my ex-husband agree to make a onetime settlement cash payment of $1,255,070.00 (One Million Two Hundred And Twenty Five Thousand, Seventy Dollars) for Family Support which consist of Child Support $487,450.00, Medical Support $398,120.00 And Spousal Support $369,500.00, which was incorporated into the divorce decree and our separation agreement. And my ex-husband (Alan Cox) has only paid the sum of $371,150.00 to me, on account of the family support, ever since he has refuse to pay up the balance amount and the deadline for him to remit the balance amount has long elapse since November 20th 2013, so this is the reason i am seeking your counsel, for you to enforce the divorce decree and the settlement agreement against my ex-husband, so that he can pay up the balance, most especially for the child support. Also my ex-husband lives in sackville.

Be rest assured that my ex-husband (Alan Cox) has the financial means to settle up the balance amount owe to me but he has refused to comply with the settlement agreement and the court decree. For this, I seek your legal counsel in regards to compelling my ex-husband to remit the balance payment, which consist of Child Support, Medical Support and Spousal Support to me.

Furthermore, I seek to retain your firm for this purpose, please send me copy of your firm retainer agreement for review and if the terms are acceptable by me, I will proceed in retaining your services.

Attached to the email is the Divorce Decree and the Settlement Agreement for you to go through.

I await your response and also your retainer agreement document.

Truly Yours,
Marlene Cox

As this had 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 cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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