- Report: #820831
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Complaint Review: Vanholtt Law Chambers
Vanholtt Law ChambersBonaberi Douala 00237 Cameroon Douala, Select State/Province United States of America
Vanholtt Law Chambers Ako Fidelis Akem Adoption of baby Cintia, money taken, baby custody release refused, want more money! Douala, Other
*Consumer Comment: The same baby is for adoption again but is only 4 months now?
*Consumer Comment: This is ABSOLUTELY as scam; the baby does not exist!
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Ako Fidelis Akem, represnting Vanholtt Law Chambers, was the lawyer, or man we spoke too, straight away he wanted $1800 USD via Western Union to pay the court fees, adoption papers, birth certificate and pass port. We didn't want to pay anything until it was official, we said we would come to Douala Cameroon to personally do the paperwork, then pay him. For our own safety he advised againts this, and siad that it was quicker and easier for us to stay in Australia and he could do all the official paperwork for us. [continued below]....
Apparently the adoption papers were filed and signed by Justice Nico Halle, on the 24th of December 2010, at the Judicial Circuit High Court, Family Division, Douala. After many request for authentic paperwork, I received the four pages of signed documents for Cintias Adoption into our custody. The 'Lawyer' then wanted another $700 USD to cover Irene's fees to him before he would release the paperwork to her, so she could release Cintia into our custody.
They said that Cintia was on her way, gave us flight details, I was concerned as there was no flight passenger number, and due to confidentiality, could not get any information, but had to do the five hour drive to the airport, incase they were telling the truth and did actually send her. We waited for hours, not wanting to leave incase she was stuck in customs. Finally I reached the 'lawyer' on the phone and was told that Cintia had not been put on her flight due to not enough money to cover her escort fee. That they needed another $500 USD ($400 for the escort and $100 for flight rebooking fines). I was so mad, that they had not told us straight away, his relpy was that Irene was scared of me.
Stupidly and reluctantly we paid the $500 and again like each other time, we did not hear from them for a couple of days and could not get past the answering machine. So now, we are at the point were Irene will not send Cintia until she has been paid $400USD as 'appreciation' for Cintia. I have informed her that I cannot pay for appreciation for something that I have not received, I will gladly upon Cintia's safe arrival to Australia.
I do not know if this is a scam, or if it is legitimate and they are being greedy. I have tried to find the Douala Court, to ring them and verify, but can find nothing. I would appreciate any help in finding out if Cintia is real, is actually in our custody, if this is not a scam, if these people are real, and if so will gladly go to Douala to complete the adoption and bring her home. If this is a scam then I will glady help the law, in any way to prosecute these people for the cruel emotional ordeal that they have put us through. There is also more emails and phone numbers other than the ones listed.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/10/2012 05:44 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Vanholtt-Law-Chambers/Douala-Select-StateProvince-00237/Vanholtt-Law-Chambers-Ako-Fidelis-Akem-Adoption-of-baby-Cintia-money-taken-baby-custod-820831. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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