Skip to Content

Ontario lawyers are being targeted by wire fraud

We are seeing a substantial increase in wire frauds where lawyers are being tricked into sending transaction proceeds to criminals.

We encourage all Ontario lawyers and their staff to sign up for our complimentary CPD program “Avoiding the wire fraud nightmare – what you need to know to protect yourself and your clients” and hear from experts about the latest wire scams and how to stay ahead of them. You will learn tips you can easily implement to help prevent wire fraud and other cyber dangers.

Program details

Thursday, December 2, 2021 (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.)

This program is accredited for 1.5 hours Professionalism content, qualifies for LAWPRO’s Risk Management Credit and is being provided in partnership with Toronto Lawyers Association.


Tannis A. Waugh, Tannis A. Waugh Professional Corporation

Mouna Hanna, Dolden Wallace Folick LLP

Ray Leclair, Vice President, Public Affairs, LAWPRO

Victoria Crewe-Nelson, Vice President, Underwriting & Customer Service and Secretary, LAWPRO

Juda Strawczynski, Director, practicePRO, LAWPRO

3 simple things you can do to help avoid these frauds

Call before you click

If you receive instructions from a client, colleague, or other lawyer that involves a change in wire transfer account numbers or relates to a transfer of funds, always pick up the phone and call the individual to verbally confirm those instructions.

Train your lawyers and staff

Make sure all the lawyers and support staff in your firm are aware of the likelihood of spear-phishing attacks and the need to verbally confirm any changes to wire-transfer instructions received by email.

Warn your clients

Alert your clients of the dangers associated with wire fraud and advise them to verbally confirm with your firm any bank account details received by email.

Land Acknowledgement

The offices of LAWPRO are located on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee and Wendat peoples. Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. LAWPRO respects and acknowledges the histories, languages, knowledge systems, and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit nations.

Back to top