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

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