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Watch out for an "internal" request to do a wire transfer

03 May 2017

A now common attempted fraud is use of an email from one member of a law firm to another with a request to quickly transfer some money. While the criminals are required to use a strange email address for responses, it highlights the need to carefully check all emails received, especially if there is a financial aspect.

The following email was sent from a genuine member of a law firm to another genuine member. The email address which was used by the fraudster (purporting to be "Sam") is correct; the other names have been changed.

From: Sam Samson []
Sent: Tuesday, 2 May 2017 10:10 a.m.
To: Gillian Gill <>
Subject: Payment

Hello Gillian

I want you to handle a wire transfer for me which needs to hit the beneficiary's account today. 

let me know what details will be required. 

Thank you,


Sent from my iPhone


Last updated on the 3rd May 2017