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Lawyer Fraud — Don’t Be Fooled!

To help Ontario lawyers avoid malpractice claims, LAWPRO maintains a list of names used in frauds that target lawyers. These frauds masquerade as legitimate legal matters and they target lawyers in many areas of practice. They are usually built on the premise of the lawyer receiving a payment (e.g. a debt collection, a loan or equipment purchase), which comes in the form of a fake cheque or bank draft. The fraudster client then convinces the lawyer to disburse funds from his or her trust account. They can be very sophisticated and the documents provided can look like the documents you would get on a legitimate matter. Don’t be fooled. Learn about the Common Red Flags of an Online Fraud or subscribe to our email alerts.

If you have been the target of a fraud, you are invited to report the details to us so that we may assist other lawyers avoid being victimized.

Have a fraud to report? See Report a Fraud.

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Debt collection fraud using the name Shin Okura

Two Ontario firms have notified us that they received an email from the purported Shin Okura of Sumitronics Electronics looking to retain them with regards to a commercial debt collection. This appears to be a bad cheque scam that presents as legal matter (with a real company likely being impersonated) requiring the assistance of a… Read More »

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