New Zealand Law Companies Alerted of Scam E-Mail

The New Zealand Law Society has cautioned lawyers for remaining vigilant of an e-mail scam, which apparently aims at misleading them, online. Reportedly, the first time the scam e-mail came in security experts' notice within New Zealand (NZ) was during mid-2010.

Information regarding the malicious campaign outline that the attack begins with an e-mail that requests for an advocate's service to help out the e-mail sender or the client in settling a matrimonial problem. Evidently, a good sum of money is mentioned for the settlement, while the advocate, according to the message, merely needs to contact the former spouse to make the collection. Both parties in all the cases apparently are based overseas, albeit one is usually based within NZ.

And after a few e-mails are exchanged, the spouse acquiesces for paying following which the advocate gets a bank check issued from a well established overseas bank. The advocate deposits that check inside the trust account of the law company. Later he deducts his own fee and transfers the remaining sum only to find after around 7 days that the check remained dishonored.

Remarking about this e-mail scam, John Munson Inspectorate Manager of the New Zealand Law Society stated that lawyers required being careful while handling overseas clients who established the first contact through e-mail alternatively in writing. Tvnz.co.nz published this on January 18, 2011. Munson added that in case lawyers felt suspicious of any overseas person's trustworthiness then they should contact the Society.

Meanwhile according to the Inspectorate Manager, there were many law companies that already had their funds stolen because of the malicious electronic mail.

And while the aforementioned e-mail scam has been found attacking NZ Internet-users, one more similarly malicious e-mail is directing customers of a NZ bank namely ASB to provide their account passwords towards reinstating their accounts that apparently have been deactivated.

Moreover, other fraudulent e-mails apparently from Inland Revenue Department are also circulating asking New Zealanders for personal information so they can be paid a tax re-imbursement.

Ultimately, for remaining clear of all the above e-mail scams, New Zealanders are being advised for using the Internet carefully.

Related article: New Zealand Releases Code To Reduce Spam

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