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The Florida Bar warns its members about a fraudulent email with the subject “The Florida Office of The Attorney General Complaint” that is being distributed. We advise members not to click on any links contained within the email and to delete it immediately. We suspect that this email contains a link to a malicious software known as Ransomware.
The fraudulent email is purportedly signed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and it informs members that a complaint has been filed against their businesses. If you have questions about Bar complaints, please call the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP) at 1-866-352-0707.
The Office of the Attorney General has issued a warning regarding the fraudulent email and is asking recipients to report it to the Florida Attorney General’s Office by calling (866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.
- Respond to the Email in any way
- Click any links
- Open any attachment
- Provide any data to any web sites mentioned
Members can report any suspicious email they receive to Abuse@floridabar.org.
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Malware includes viruses, spyware, and other unwanted software that gets installed on your computer or mobile device without your consent. These programs can cause your device to crash, and can be used to monitor and control your online activity. They also can make your computer vulnerable to viruses and deliver unwanted or inappropriate ads. Criminals use malware to steal personal information, send spam, and commit fraud.
Here are reminders plus additional tips on how to generally keep malware off your computer.
Don’t immediately open email attachments or click on links in unsolicited or suspicious-looking emails. Think before you click! Instead of clicking on a link in an email, type the URL of a trusted site directly into your browser. Criminals send emails that appear to be from companies you know and trust. The links may look legitimate, but clicking on them could download malware or send you to a scam site. Either ignore unsolicited requests to open attachments or files or independently verify that the supposed source did send the email to you (by using a published email address or telephone number). Even if the attachment is from someone you know, consider if you really need to open the attachment, especially if the email looks suspicious.
Install good anti-virus software that periodically runs to search for and remove malware. Make sure to set the software to update automatically and scan for the latest malware.
Be diligent about using spam (junk mail) filters provided by your email provider. These services help block mass emails that might contain malware from reaching your email inbox.
Don’t visit untrusted websites and don’t believe everything you read. Criminals might create fake websites and pop-ups with enticing messages intended to draw you in and download malware. Anyone can publish information online, so before accepting a statement as fact or taking action, verify that the source is reliable. And please, don’t click on a link to learn more. If something sounds too good to be true, then most likely it’s fraudulent or harmful.
Be careful if anyone — even a well-intentioned friend or family member — gives you a disk or thumb drive to insert in your computer. It could have hidden malware on it. Don’t access a disk or thumb drive without first scanning it with your security software. If you are still unsure, don’t take a chance.
To learn more about how to protect against malware, visit OnGuardOnline: https://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0011-malware
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The Florida Bar Podcast is a monthly series brought to you by The Florida Bar's Practice Resource Institute and will feature esteemed leaders in law discussing new and innovative topics. Its purpose is to help members of The Florida Bar as well as attorneys from other states run better practices and provide better legal services to their clients.
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