22 Mar 2014

Scam targets NZ lawyers

11:19 am on 22 March 2014

The Law Society is warning lawyers to beware of an e-mail scam from a fake Japanese lawyer asking for help with a divorce settlement case.

Law Society spokesperson Geoff Adlam says it is the latest in a string of email scams targeting lawyers throughout the world.

Mr Adlam says the name of the Japanese law firm is genuine but the lawyer is fake and uses a Yahoo email account.

Under the scam, lawyers deposit a cheque from an alleged client's spouse and then send money to the scammer, only to find out later that the cheque is forged and cannot be cashed.