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25 January 2016

Scam Alerts

The types of scams circulating are outlined below:

THE SPANISH SCAM

Members have reported receiving a fax from a Spanish attorney regarding his late client.Amazingly his client shares the same surname with the people he is sending the fax to. It is a scam, please delete immediately and warn your staff.

THE 'REVISED CONTRACT SCAM'

Members are advised that a new scam is circulating.This time the scam (indicated below) is purporting to be in relation to a 'revised contract' which is attached below. This is yet another attachment scam.

THE 'CONFIDENTIAL' ATTACHMENT 

 Members are advised of another attachment scam which is now circulating.The Society has been contacted by a firm who received an email from a client.  The email contained an attachment entitled 'CONFIDENTIAL'. Below is an image of the attachment and how it looks when you open it. As you will see it is a PDF logo. Once clicked it will download a trojan onto your computer and network.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON FRAUD ALERT 

Members are reminded to be vigilant on Friday afternoon as this is the day and time when most scammers and fraudsters will seek to obtain your firms banking details. Members are advised be alert of any suspicious activity.

FRIENDLY INVOICE SCAM

Yet another invoice scam has been reported containing a trojan virus 'invoice' attachment.  This time the scam email appears friendly and familiar.

PENALTY CHARGE NOTICE SCAM

Members should be aware that a new scam is circulating. The scam is in the form of an email and refers to a penalty charge notification in respect of traffic offence indicating that the penalty fine has been paid on your behalf. An attachment is included labelled Invoice.

LAND REGISTRY EMAIL SCAM 

Members should note that the Society has received further reports that emails are currently circulating purporting to have been sent by Land Registry. The email includes an attachment.

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU REPORT SCAMS!

Members should always do the following:

1. You should phone 101 and report the matter to the PSNI. If the matter is not urgent then make a report.

2. You are advised to report the scam toActionFraud through their website. 

2. Contact - Peter kelly at MARSH by clicking here 

3. Contact the Law Society by completing the following downloadable form and/or emailing info@lawsoc-ni.org

4. If the matter is urgent you can contact the Society by telephone 028 90231614.

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