FRAUD ALERT: Separation agreement scam from "Miwa Gorou "

Confirmed email scam attempts purportedly from "Cheng Chan" have been circulating – one of the reported examples is below:

From: Miwa Gorou [mailto:mikeazuma59 @ gmail. com]
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 11:16 AM
Subject: Violation of Separation Agreement

Dear Counsel,

I wish to file a case against my ex-husband ( Kyou Gorou ) 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 live in Japan.

I am earnestly waiting for your reply through my private email:
miwagorou998 @ hotmail. com

Warmest Regards,

Miwa Gorou.

Although details in the email may vary slightly, the scam process is consistent with commonly seen fraud attempts. 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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