Internet scams continue to target Ohio attorneys. Recent scams involve the use of relatable data in phishing scams. This involves scammers obtaining information publicly available on the internet to include in emails so that you see something familiar in the email that will get you to click on the link in the email. When you click on it, the scammer can plant malware or a virus.
Another recent scam used an email account set up using Office 365. The email address generated through Office 365 lent the appearance of legitimacy to the email of the scammer, who sought to snare an attorney into a check collection scheme.
Reports about an online scam or email hoax may be made by filing a complaint with the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center or by using the FBI online Tips and Public Leads form.
Here are practice tips to avoid scams:
- Use automatic updates to be sure anti-virus, firewalls, and known security issues are always up-to-date
- Get a VPN or use a personal hotspot rather than public WiFi
- Implement a policy for all electronic devices – and follow it!
- Use complex passwords for all devices, including your phone, laptop and tablet – and keep them refreshed
- Encrypt all electronic communications
- Train staff and attorneys to spot and avoid common pitfalls
If you have ANY questions about potential scams, please contact OBLIC immediately.
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