Email scam targets lawyers with fake disciplinary warnings, bar announcements
Lawyers across the country should be on the lookout for phishing emails, which purport to be about new discipline investigations.
More than 50 attorneys have received the emails, which have links to malicious software, says Molly Flood, research and information manager with the ABA’s Division for Bar Services. She suspects that senders get email addresses through the websites of state bars that also handle attorney regulation.
About 20 Nevada lawyers have received the emails over the past month, says Kimberly Farmer, the state bar executive director. Some emails referenced discipline complaint notification in the subject line, while others said the recipient had not paid his or her bar dues. The communications were signed by presidents of bar associations other than Nevada, which Farmer says was a tip off to members that something was amiss.
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