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Watch Out! Scammers Targeting Lawyers Through Phishing, Fraud & Other Scams


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

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.

Learn more here

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.

Tips on How to Spot Phishing E-mails


Here are a few tips on how to spot e-mails that are "phishing" for information:PHISHING EMAIL

  1. Who is the e-mail from? Who does it claim to be from? Any e-mail from the SC Bar will always end with in its domain From
  2. Who is it to? Does it have your e-mail address in the to block or something else?To
  3. Would the sender ever send an e-mail like this ? If you are not sure, pick up the phone and call. It never hurts to find out. interior
  4. Does the e-mail contain a strange link? If so, do not click on it. Call the sender and confirm that they sent the attachment. Strange website links or attachments could contain hidden malware (even ransomware) to steal data from
  5. The SC Bar maintains multiple social media accounts with photos from events, recent news and resources for attorneys and the public. Bar members are invited to connect with the SC Bar on Facebook and Twitter; the YLD on FacebookTwitter and Instagram; the Mock Trial Program on Facebook and Twitter; and PMAP on Twitter. Keep up with updates from the Bar via social media or E-Blast.

Check out this link to learn more about phishing attacks and what to do about it. Also, check out this link to learn more about how phishing e-mails like this target Bar members and what to look for. E-mail if you have specific questions about practice management or using technology in your law office.

How to Stay Safe Online During the Holiday Season


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 for assistance.


Other Resources

Watch Out for these 3 Online Shopping Scams by Techlicious

Scams and Safety on the Internet by the FBI

10 Tips to Prevent Phishing Attacks by Panda Security

11 Tips on Identifying Spam, Phishing, and Spoofing Emails by Online Convert

Tips on How to Make a Hacker’s Job Harder


Is your email safe? A recent Yahoo hack indicates that nothing is safe, especially from hackers. Did you know there are things you can do to make a hacker’s job much harder? Check out these five tips from InfoWorld and these seven tips from Above the Law to learn ways you can protect yourself and your firm. Also, heed this advice from Techlicious on what to do if your email gets hacked. PMAP is Practice Management Assistance for Bar members. Email

Keeping Up With CyberThreats


Can you and your staff recognize a genuine cyber threat when you see one? Are you keeping up with the latest news in cyber security? This week several major headlines came out reminding users to be vigilant with cyber threats and cyber security.

TechRepublic declared Ransomware 2.0 is around the corner

NBC News warned Apple users about a new hack that could harm Apple devices such as iPhones and Macs

Warnings about the importance of using password managers

The importance of avoiding public Wi-Fi

Cyber security remains a hot topic for all users, including law firms. If you’re feeling a little bit out of touch, after reading some of these issues, plan to attend LPM-TECH 2016, where an FBI Special Agent and a lawyer formerly with the National Security Division in the US Department of Justice will cover “What Lawyers Need to Know about Cybersecurity”.

Join the South Carolina Bar and the South Carolina Bar Solo and Small Firm Section on September 16. You will not want to miss it!

In the meantime, follow @SCBar_PMAP and SCBPMAPAssist on Twitter to stay in touch with the latest from the legal tech and cyber security sector!