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The Law Society issues fraud alerts to notify the profession about new scams or developments that put lawyers at risk.

Fraud alerts may include names used by fraudsters in BC. Real people with the same names may be the victims of a fraudster or of coincidence, but are not suspected of wrongdoing.

Fraud alert: Fraudsters again target lawyers disbursing trust funds (January 19, 2017)

Fraud alert: Phony debt collection nets scammer $500,000 (August 4, 2016)

Email containing Trojan virus eludes standard security software (August 6, 2015)

Attention real estate and other practitioners: Fraudsters are targeting lawyers disbursing trust funds with a change in payment instructions (May 7, 2015)

BC law firm's computer system hacked by extortionist (December 31, 2014)

Real estate firm's licence suspended and receiver appointed (August 28, 2014)

Ontario law firm victim of large fraud due to infection by Trojan banker virus (December 21, 2012)

Potential fraudulent investment scheme operating in BC (August 1, 2012)

Bad cheque scam – real estate purchase by Kin Hang Cheung (June 1, 2012)

Phony debt collection twist (January 6, 2012)

BC law firm falls victim to bad cheque scam (December 15, 2011)

Phony debt collection scams take many forms (July 21, 2011) 

Attention real estate practitioners: Fake law firm website used in new variation of bad cheque scam (May 2, 2011)

Forgery risks in mortgage transactions (March 23, 2011)

Real estate fraud alert (June 2, 2010)

Fraudsters falsifying ID of major banks in counterfeit bank drafts mortgage deals (June 19, 2009)  

Lawyers targeted in new fraud scheme — incorporation and a small business loan (May 14, 2009)

Attention real estate practitioners: A variation on the bad cheque scam (December 15, 2008)  

BC law firm victim of counterfeit scam (September 16, 2008) 

Identity fraud alert (June 10, 2008)

Counterfeit bank drafts — yet another trust account scam (May 5, 2008)

Fraud alert — counterfeit certified cheques (January 22, 2008)

Law Society alert on value fraud schemes (August 10, 2005)

Scamsters target lawyers (July 8, 2005) 

New rules require lawyers to guard against scamsters (March 11, 2005) 

Learn more about how to protect yourself in Fraud: Alerts and Risk Management (the Bad cheque scam (fake certified cheques and other negotiable instruments), Fraudulent investment schemes, Real estate: value and identity frauds, Employee fraud and Other scams and risks).