Starting today, the Bar offers access to both classic Fastcase and Fastcase 7, the all-new version of Fastcase. Fastcase 7 is an even more fluid and easy-to-navigate online legal research library. It has all of the familiar features and tools, plus an enhanced Forecite, Tag Cloud, Authority Check and Bad Law Bot, more advanced search options, new results screen options, larger fonts and selections to make documents easier to read on computer screens and new dual-column printing options. To access Fastcase, login through the Bar website using your Bar username and password. You will still see the familiar version of Fastcase, but you’ll also have the option to use Fastcase 7 by using the slider at the top right corner of your screen. You can go back and forth between Fastcase 7 and the classic Fastcase service. If you have any questions about access, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (803) 799-6653, ext. 118 or 183.
Posts published in December 2016
It seems no matter where legal professionals turn these days, there always is a scam to be on the lookout for!
Below are two scams that have been reported to the Bar. If you have any questions about these scams, please contact email@example.com.
Alert: Phishing emails targeting lawyers
SC Bar members are cautioned to be aware of emails indicating that a complaint has been made against the lawyer or firm or that they contain a special message from the Bar president. Such emails are not coming from the Bar and are an attempt to phish members. Phishing emails are fraudulent emails that may contain links to phony websites or may request that you share personal or financial information by using a variety of techniques. Look for clues, including a suspicious “from” email address. The email may include directions to click on a link, which purports to be a copy of the complaint or of the “special message.” Do not click this link, as it could be an attempt to put ransomware on the affected computer. Bar members are reminded that any official grievance would come via U.S. mail from the Supreme Court and that any important Bar announcement would appear in E-Blast or would be sent by an individual Bar staff member.
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Check frauds and scams continue to target lawyer trust accounts
Remember the old saying, "If it seems too good to be true...." The Bar continues to receive reports of sophisticated check scams targeting lawyers. Scammers use real companies and real names to convince their victims. Some scams are particularly convincing, with phone calls from "clients" and even some reports of in-person visits from scammers. Even banks are sometimes fooled by the high level of check forgery and may misinform the lawyer of a check's authenticity. Sometimes the checks are authentic but stolen. Stay vigilant. If a large amount of money is involved with a client you do not know, wait before disbursing funds. There have been instances where the fraud is discovered by the bank up to a week later. Report all frauds to your malpractice carrier, local law enforcement and the Secret Service field office in your state.
The holiday shopping season is here, and many busy lawyers and IT-centric folk will do the majority of their shopping online. Here are some important online shopping tips from Stay Safe Online to keep in mind throughout the month. Additionally, be sure to be vigilant with email threats as this is the perfect time of year where hackers attempt every online scam possible. Review these tips to help you recognize holiday phishing scams and malware campaigns from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, and be sure to follow these tips should you believe you are a victim to these crimes. Safe online shopping to all from your Bar's Practice Management Assistance Program. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.