Bad cheque scam publications

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The Law Society and the Lawyers Insurance Fund regularly communicate risk management and fraud-related information to lawyers to help you avoid becoming the tool or dupe of a  fraudster client. 

Materials relating specifically to the bad cheque scam are listed below.   

Phony debt collection (includes collecting on outstanding loans, commercial debts and settlement agreements)

Phony debt collection nets scammer $500,000 (Notice to the Profession, August 4, 2016)
Lawyer caught in bad cheque scam (Practice Watch, Benchers' Bulletin, 2013 No. 3 Fall)
What’s new in scams against BC lawyers? (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2012 No. 3 Fall)
Scam alerts (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2012 No. 2 Summer)
Phony debt collection twist (Notice to the Profession, January 6, 2012)
BC law firm falls victim to bad cheque scam (Notice to the Profession, December 15, 2011)
More bad cheque scams (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2011 No. 4 Winter)
Bad cheque scams – new twists and confidentiality obligations (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2011 No. 3 Fall)
Phony debt collection scams take many forms (July 21, 2011)
Phony debt collection scams a plague - new twists (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010, No. 2 Summer)
Fictitious lawyers and other twists to the phony debt collection scam (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010 No. 3 Fall)
New twist on phony debt collection scam (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2009 No. 3 Fall)
Scams, scams and more scams (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2008 No. 4 October)
BC law firm victim of counterfeit scam (Notice to the Profession, September 16, 2008)
How fraudsters use your trust account – counterfeit schemes and bank draft scams (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2008 No. 3 July)
Cautions on cash and new scams (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2008 No. 2 May)
Counterfeit bank drafts — yet another trust account scam (Notice to the Profession, May 5, 2008)

Phony debt collection in the matrimonial context

Bad cheque scam attempts using LinkedIn (Practice Watch, Benchers' Bulletin, 2013 No. 4 Winter)
BC law firm falls victim to bad cheque scam (Notice to the Profession December 15, 2011)
Matrimonial debt collection scam ubiquitous (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010 No. 1 Spring)
Matrimonial debt collection (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2009 No. 4 Winter)
Fictitious lawyers and other twists to the phony debt collection scam (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010 No. 3 Fall)

Phony business loan (includes other phony commercial transactions)

New variations on the bad cheque scam – mergers, surety bond services (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2013 No. 2 Summer)
Lawyers targeted in new fraud scheme — incorporation and a small business loan (Notice to the Profession, May 14, 2009)
Fraud alert — counterfeit certified cheques (Notice to the Profession, January 22, 2008)

Phony real estate conveyance or fake mortgage 

Bad cheque scam – real estate purchase by Kin Hang Cheung (Notice to the Profession, June 1, 2012); update: 12 lawyers report this scam – law firms targeted before a long weekend (e-Brief, June 26, 2012)
Attention real estate practitioners: Fake law firm website used in new variation of bad cheque scam (Notice to the Profession, May 2, 2011)
On-line mortgage referral program (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2009 No. 4 Winter)
Craigslist – scamsters preying on legitimate sellers (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2009 No. 3 Fall)
Fraudsters falsifying ID of major banks in counterfeit bank drafts mortgage deals (Notice to the Profession, June 19, 2009)
Attention real estate practitioners: A variation on the bad cheque scam (Notice to the Profession, December 15, 2008)

Retainer overpayment and refund ruse 

Retainer overpayment and refund scam (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010 No. 1 Spring)

General

Scams against lawyers – What are they and what can you do about them? (Practice advice (p. 12), Benchers' Bulletin, 2016 No. 3 Fall)
Phony referrals and other scams (Practice Watch (p. 16), Benchers' Bulletin, 2014 No. 1 Spring)
Bad cheque scam attempts using LinkedIn (Practice Watch, Benchers' Bulletin, 2013 No. 4 Winter)
Scam alerts (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2012 No. 2 Summer)
The bad cheque scam (fake certified cheques and other negotiable instruments) and Verifying the identity of a client outside of Canada (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2012 No. 1 Spring)
Don’t be taken advantage of by dishonest clients – ethical guidelines and rules (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2011 No. 2 Summer)
Fake law firm website using BC lawyer’s website content (Practice Watch, Benchers’ Bulletin, 2011 No. 4 Winter)