Avoiding Fraud Learning Module

Introduction and Objectives

The objectives of the Avoiding Fraud module are to:
  • identify the hallmarks of some of the most common and challenging frauds and scams that can involve lawyers; and
  • suggest some tips on recognizing and managing the risks of fraud.

Navigating this Module

This module features these components:
Written Material: While it may be difficult to turn away business, it is worth getting into the practice of screening potential clients to make sure the relationship will be a good fit and to try ensure that the clients you take on do not have fraudulent or criminal motives.  Although we aim to present a comprehensive module, this module is not exhaustive. This module is not a substitute for exercising professional judgment and does not constitute legal advice.
Test: The test for this module features a fact pattern and question.  Test questions are drawn from the written material only.
This module was updated in December 2017. As you read through this module, if you find any information that is unclear, inaccurate or outdated, please advise the Law Society.


The information contained in these modules, including references to websites, appendices or links, has been prepared to assist readers as they develop or refresh their skills in the various areas of law covered by the modules. Given the changing nature of the law, readers should exercise their own skill and professional judgment when using the content. Always refer to the most current statutes, regulations, and practice directions, as well as the most recent case law and any other appropriate sources. These materials do not provide legal advice and should not be relied on in any way.
  1. Fraud Against Lawyers

  2. Investment and Banking Scams

  3. Investment and Banking Scams (continued)

  4. Investment and Banking Scams (continued)

  5. Real Estate Frauds

  6. Real Estate Frauds (continued)

  7. Real Estate Frauds (continued)

  8. Real Estate Frauds (continued)

  9. Real Estate Frauds (continued)

  10. Spam, Phishing and Spoofing

  11. Protect Yourself and Your Data

  12. Bad Cheque Scams

  13. Proceeds of Crime

  14. Proceeds of Crime (continued)

  15. End of Lesson