Lawyers beware…

I took a long walk through my neighborhood over the weekend. Many of my neighbors still have Halloween decorations on their lawns. I saw fake spider webs, witches, ghosts, tombstones and signs posted warning passersby of vampires, mummies and goblins. Indeed, this time of year, we celebrate all things scary. It seems fitting, then, that I would have my own scary encounter at work last week. My firm’s website allows people to inquire about our firm and services via email. I received an email from a gentleman who needed a local collections attorney. My first reaction in reading his email was that the phrasing and word usage were odd. But I had received equally odd emails from clients whom I know well. So I did a Google search of the company information provided. Google confirmed that the name, address and phone number all linked. Still not feeling quite at ease with the email, I called the phone number. It had been disconnected. Two other attorneys received the same email and one was savvy enough to determine that the IP address derived from Africa. Someone out there in the cyber universe was on a scamming expedition, and it seemed Bodie, Dolina, Smith & Hobbs was on the potential target list.

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