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
Fraud Alert, 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