Lawyers across the country should be on watch – there’s a new, insidious phishing scam purporting to be from the state Attorney General about new disciplinary investigations.
The attack has targeted hundreds of lawyers across multiple states, including Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Maryland, and Florida, amongst others. While the emails differ, the language is similar:
Dear Bar Member: A complaint has been filed against your business. Enclosed is a copy of the complaint which requires your response. You have 10 days to file a rebuttal if you so desire. You may view the complaint at this link: complaint.pdf. Please review the enclosed complaint. If filing a rebuttal, please do so during the specified time frame. Sincerely, The Office of The State Attorney
It is important to note, however, that “The Office of The State Attorney” does not exist.
The email includes a hyperlink to the “complaint” which, when opened, installs malicious software on the user’s computer. According to Francine Walker, the Florida Bar’s director of information, the scammers are becoming increasingly clever – they “dummied up a webpage that looked like our website. It was very sophisticated, except that there were typos and some things not properly described.” Like others, Walker contacted the police immediately.
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To learn more about the email scam, please check with your local Bar Association.