Spam E-mail Purporting to be from a Law Firm
Spam e-mails hit the inboxes of some Internet users during the second week of March 2010, as per the news published by Zimbio on March 16, 2010.
Claiming as messages from somebody at Crosby & Higgins (New York), the spam e-mails state that their sender is a representative of Lumberton Trading Company in Poland. The text, while accusing the recipient that he had infringed upon the company's copyright, tells him that a lawsuit has been filed against him.
In addition, the e-mail further says that there is an attachment providing the lawsuit's Xerox copy, filed on March 11, 2010. Continuing further, the e-mail states that the reader must appear in court in room #33 in April, 2010 at 9:30 in the morning. Lumberton Trading Company, which has evidence pertaining to several Copyright Law infringements, plans to present them during the court hearings, the message states.
Reportedly, the e-mails were infected with a virus that fortunately most anti-virus solutions could easily tackle.
Commenting on the e-mails, the security researchers confirmed that the e-mails were actually phony, since Crosby & Higgins' homepage has mentioned that the company never sends unsolicited e-mails. Experts added that irrespective of whether the intention of the e-mails were to collect recipients' personal data or to compromise their PCs, the only way to handle them is to promptly erase them.
Notably, authorities have been notified of the incident. The law firm, too, has issued a warning via its website. According to this warning, users are urged to forgo viewing any e-mail except when they are maintaining a direct exchange of communication with the company.
Meanwhile, the security researchers observed that spam e-mails targeting law companies is nothing new. During March 2003, a destructive hoax e-mail hit a law company in Scotland. That e-mail, posing as a message from one of the company's prominent partners, was distributed to numerous accounts. It pledged that the opposition would be fixed for the sake of the clients of the partner during court proceedings.
At the end, the e-mail even included one of its veteran lawyer's real contact number, name, and e-mail address.
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