Fraud Alerts

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

Email us to report a scam or fraud

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


New email "phishing" scam targets firm accounting staff and lawyers

April 8, 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 Prevention and Risk Management (other social engineering scams), Fraudulent investment schemes, Real estate: value and identity frauds, Employee fraud and other scams and risks.