Email phishing attempt at Scottish law firm - 16 February 2017
We’ve been made aware that Scottish law firms have recently been targeted by a new email scam.
Fraudsters have made contact with solicitors, initially with enquiries for assistance with a property purchase or transfer of ownership. However, when replied to for more information the scam emails have directed the solicitor to a ‘secure’ Adobe Acrobat document via a web link provided.
This link reportedly takes the user to a website made to look like a secure cloud store, but which isn’t SSL protected, and asks for an email address and password. As there is no password provided in the email, it’s suspected that the scammers hope that an individual would enter their office email address and password allowing the scammers to access the user’s emails.
To report suspected fraud and cybercrime, call ActionFraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
The Society is interested in being made aware of email scams (and other similar issues) which are sent to our members so we can alert the profession. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org