Scam alert – scamster purporting to have paid funds from the LSSA incorrectly into law firm bank account and requesting refund

January 27th, 2016

Compiled by Barbara Whittle

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has been made aware of a scam in December 2015 in which a caller, ‘Antony’, purports to be from the LSSA and to have deposited funds incorrectly into the attorneys’ firm bank account, and then requests a refund.

The LSSA urges attorneys to be vigilant and alert to such scams and to inform their bookkeeping staff too.

Some signs to look out for:

  • Incorrect address on the document.
  • Telephone number is a fax number.
  • Incorrect banking details for the LSSA.
  • Signatory provides only a cell phone number.
  • E-mail address is not an LSSA e-mail address but a generic one.

Good practice always requires confirmation from the client (telephonic and written) and from the client’s bank (stamped original).

If you receive a request regarding incorrect payments from the LSSA, please contact the LSSA Finance Department immediately at (012) 366 8800 or e-mail: to confirm whether this is a legitimate transaction or a scam.

Compiled by Barbara Whittle, communication manager, Law Society of South Africa,

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2016 (Jan/Feb) DR 15.