Following a report made in August, the website hosting provider told the law society that it would investigate the matter. As of the time of writing, the website remains operational.
“Lawman & Associates” released an advance fee letter, allegedly authored by an Alberta lawyer, stating that recipients could claim life insurance payout, of which 90 per cent would be shared to recipients and 10 per cent would be dedicated to charity. The law society obtained a copy of this letter and received other reports of similar letters that are associated with the same business.
To avoid being targeted by such scams, the law society recommended that lawyers and law firm staff be wary of suspicious emails or requests to provide information, particularly if such requests pertain to information regarding the firm or personal or financial details.
The law society suggested that suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre or to the ALIAlert Fraud Alert service via an email to the ALIAlert mailbox. Law firms may also post a link to this information on their websites.
The law society noted that such fraudulent schemes, which aim to target lawyers, firms and their staff, are a worsening issue in the province.