Don’t click! Lawyers get fake emails about a complaint; hyperlink installs malicious software

BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS for ABA Journal

Lawyers who receive emails about a complaint filed against their business may have a problem–but it’s not because of an angry client.

Officials in multiple states are warning that the emails invite the lawyers to click on a hyperlink to view the complaint. Clicking on the link will open a website that installs malicious software or ransomware on the lawyer’s computer. Ransomware blocks computer access until the computer user pays money to get it unlocked.

Officials in New YorkTexasPennsylvaniaMarylandand Florida are among those warning about the scam. Lawyers who received such an email should delete it immediately and should not click on the link, according to a press release by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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Above the Law reports on other email scams in this article. Ransomware victims can file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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