Do you know who you hired?

When you hire new employees, are you calling their references? Are the references even real? Have you ever done a criminal records check? You may do all of these things with new employees; however, in a number of cases it’s the long-term employee, the one who is intimately familiar with your accounts, systems, passwords and signature, who ends up stealing from a firm.

Lawyers will want to consider commercial insurance to protect themselves from these frauds as they are not covered under the Policy.

Forgery risks in mortgage transactions
Notice to the Profession, March 23, 2011

Do your systems protect you from employee fraud?
Practice Watch (p. 17), Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010 No. 3 Fall

Other resources

Recent scam attempts and fraud prevention
Practice Advice (p. 11) , Benchers' Bulletin, 2019 No. 1 Spring

Phony DocuSign scam
E-Brief, September 2018

Phony email payment instructions targeting clients in the US
E-Brief, February 2017

What to do if your laptop or briefcase is stolen
Practice Resource, December 2016

Fake Law Society complaints a cyber risk to lawyers
E-Brief, December 2016

Email containing Trojan virus eludes standard security software
Notice to the Profession, August 6, 2015

BC law firm's computer system hacked by extortionist
Notice to the Profession, December 31, 2014

Incorporating a company for a new client outside of BC? Beware of a new scam
Practice Watch, Benchers' Bulletin, 2014 No. 4 Winter

Request to replace a trust cheque - eDeposit scam
E-Brief, July 2014

Beware of fraudster wanting to upgrade your point of sale terminal
E-Brief, May 2014

Fraudsters may impersonate you – search your name on-line
Practice Watch (p. 17), Benchers' Bulletin, 2013 No. 4 Winter

Ontario law firm victim of large fraud due to infection by Trojan banker virus
Notice to the Profession, December 21, 2012

Protect your money: Avoiding frauds and scam
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have put together this guide to help you recognize and avoid frauds and scams.

The Little Black Book of Scams, fake websites and lawyers (Note: link to The Little Black Book of Scams)
Practice Watch (p. 11), Benchers’ Bulletin, 2012 No. 2 Summer

Fraudster pretending he’s been hired to create a law firm’s website
Practice Watch (p. 11), Benchers’ Bulletin, 2012 No. 2 Summer

Have you received an electronic trust deposit "by mistake"?
Practice Watch (p.10), Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010 No. 3 Fall

Getting rid of your photocopier? A potential gold mine for fraudsters
Practice Watch (p. 10), Benchers’ Bulletin, 2010 No. 2 Summer

New lottery scam
Practice Watch (p. 22), Benchers’ Bulletin, 2009 No. 1 Spring

Scams to look out for
Practice Tips (p. 20), Benchers’ Bulletin, 2007 No. 2 May


Last updated: May 2020