Over the last several weeks, our office has received numerous calls from victims of a fraudulent email scam. The email purports to originate from an attorney at our address and falsely promises to provide the recipient millions of dollars from a long-lost relative who shares the same last name:
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The false email above is a type of scam known as “phishing” – when criminals impersonate a legitimate business in order to trick you into providing money or personal or financial information. The Federal Trade Commission has some helpful tips on responding to phishing scams – most importantly, delete messages that ask you for personal information (such as bank account numbers or Social Security numbers.) You can also forward phishing emails to the Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most importantly, remember the old truism: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.