The Law Society of Upper Canada has advised us that at least one Ontario lawyer has been targeted with a traditional bad cheque scam that indicated that the fraudster found the lawyer through the “Lawyer Referral Service”. This may be a new tactic to convince Ontario lawyers that the emails are legitimate.
This particular fraud was the Iwashima Lui business debt collection scam, though there may be others we haven’t seen yet.
The Law Society points out that the name “Lawyer Referral Service” is incorrect. The service has recently been renamed the Law Society Referral Service, and when a genuine referral has been made confirmation would be sent. Lawyers can also call the Law Society to confirm the validity of any referrals.