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Business debt collection scam using the name Frank Penwarden

September 04, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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Four Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Frank Penwarden looking to retain them with regards to a breach of a business loan agreement.

This is a classic bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the debtor (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

Five Questions to Ask a New Client

September 03, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Communication errors

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Claims resulting from miscommunication or breakdowns in the lawyer/client relationship can often be traced back to the early stages of the retainer. Did the lawyer truly understand what the client wanted? Were the clients expectations reasonable?

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton, writing in the Attorney At Work blog, gives five questions for new clients that lawyers should be getting answers to at the outset. These questions will help you build trust, manage expectations and clearly define the work to be done. Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name Carl Olander

September 03, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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A Mississipi firm notified us that they received an email from the purported Carl Olander looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.

This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial debt collection scam using the name Suzannah Carretto

September 03, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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Five Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Suzannah Carretto looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection..

This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

Monthly fraud report for August 2015

September 02, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Fraud prevention

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August saw an uptick in fraud emails (back to June levels), though the summer is still quieter than the first quarter of the year. We received 116 emails from lawyers in August (up from 87 in July) and posted on 15 new fraud attempts (7 in July).

49% of the emails this month came from Ontario, 45% from the US, 3% from elsewhere in Canada and 3% overseas.

14 of the 15 posts dealt with commercial debt collection scams, with the other being a real estate bad deposit cheque scam. Click here to read about the various email fraud scenarios.

Immigration consequences of criminal convictions: An update

September 01, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Criminal law

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Last November, we published a post about the intersection of criminal and immigration law, and specifically about the Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act – legislation that made it easier to deport non-citizens sentenced to at least six months for a criminal offence.

The strict application of the IRPA makes lawyers more vulnerable to claims when they fail to appreciate – or to take action to mitigate − the implications of a six-month sentence for a client’s right to appeal a deportation order. Read the rest of this entry →

In the practicePRO Lending Library: Results-Oriented Financial Management

August 31, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Law practice management

Results Oriented

Regardless of its size, location, or type of practice, every law firm needs sound, workable financial management practices to weather the bad times, and prosper during the good. Unfortunately, most firms can’t afford a highly skilled Chief Financial Officer to handle their financial affairs, yet they need to develop a well-organized and well-executed financial plan to reach their financial goals and objectives. This book will help firms in this effort. Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial equipment purchase scam using the name David Wahlberg

August 28, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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Two Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported David Wahlberg looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase.

This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial debt collection scam using the name Morihiro Gotoh and Gotoh & Co.

August 26, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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Three Ontario firms notified us that they received an email from the purported Morihiro Gotoh of Gotoh & Co. looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection..

This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the purchaser (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

Commercial equipment purchase scam impersonating the names Vince Luciano and Alberici Constructers, Ltd

August 26, 2015 By: TimLemieux Category: Uncategorized

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A California firm received an email from the purported Vince Luciano of Alberici Constructers, Ltd looking to retain them with regards to making a large commercial purchase. The firm notified the real representatives of Alberici Constructers, Ltd who brought the fraud attempt to our attention. The company address is correct, but the phone number and email addresses are fake.

This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter requiring the assistance of a lawyer. In this scam lawyers will be duped into wiring real funds from their trust accounts after depositing a fake cheque received as payment from the “purchaser” (who is part of the fraud). Read the rest of this entry →

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