In the July issue of the OSB Bulletin, Leonard DuBoff and Christy King offer new advice regarding the latest scams plaguing lawyers:
For example, one of the newer scams involves someone posing as a real estate buyer and contacting a mortgage broker or real estate agent instead of a lawyer. The broker or agent then refers the buyer to a lawyer, not realizing that the purported buyer is really a scammer. The attorney often knows the mortgage broker or real estate agent and so doesn’t question the legitimacy of the transaction. A variation on the scam occurs where the scammer asks a lawyer in one area of the country to provide a referral to a lawyer in a different region. Some scammers assume the identity of actual attorneys in order to perpetrate the fraud. They claim to be referring a client — often themselves — for claimed legal assistance.
Learning about the latest scams is one way to keep on your toes. Here are some others:
- Watch or listen to our CLE: Protecting Your Firm and Your Client from Scams, Fraud, and Financial Loss, available on the PLF Web site > Programs on CD/DVD.
- Learn about Perfect Receivables and other fraud prevention services offered by your bank.
- Consider cyber liability coverage (offered at no extra charge under the PLF Excess Coverage Plan).
- Implement a cyber security measures appropriate to your law firm’s needs.
- Stay informed about security issues.
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