FRAUD ALERT: Virus attachment warning [UPDATE]

As we’ve alerted in January and March, lawyers continue to receive unsolicited emails with attachments that contain “spoofing” viruses. Although many of these arrive as .zip file attachments, they can arrive through any file type, including Microsoft Office documents. If you receive any unanticipated email with an unknown file attached, do not open the file until you send a new email (not a reply) to verify with the purported sender that the file is legitimate, as these emails appear to be coming from legitimate senders. Here is a sample of the wording used in an email with a virus-laden attachment:

From: Cecil Archer [antiquings24 @ rodet. com]
Subject: Re: ups package

I have finally manage to send it via UPS. 
The tracking # is : 1Z755R1A9024284004
I am attaching the ups label, keep it for your own records.

Best Regards
Cecil Archer

“Spoofing” occurs when a spammer forges your email address to send spam to your email contact list, which fools spam filters into letting the message through and making the recipient more likely to open an email message from a recognized address.

If this has happened to you, is advised that all passwords be changed immediately. Record your new password in a safe place and if you’ve used the same password and email combination on any other site, consider changing that password as well. For some tips on creating a password that is both highly secure yet easy to remember, read LIANS’ article on “Creating a ‘Super Password’”.

If your email address has been “spoofed”, notify your contact list as soon as possible with a warning for them not to click on any links they’ve received from your spam email. And as a general rule for all – never click on any suspicious links you receive in your email. If the sender is known to you but you are in doubt, verify the link first with them.

Although “Spoofers” are able to access email address lists through “cookies” (or data stored in a user’s web browser). To delete your browser’s cookies:

Internet Explorer: under ‘Tools’ menu, go to ‘Internet Options’ > ‘General’ and click the ‘Delete ...’ button under “Browsing History”. Check all of the options and hit ‘Delete’.

Google Chrome: Click the menu symbol in the top right corner, select ‘More tools’ > then ‘Clear browsing data’. Click the ‘Cookies and other site and plug-in data’ box (just that one), and in the drop-down menu choose ‘Obliterate the following items from: the beginning of time’. Then click ‘Clear browsing data’.

Firefox: Click the menu symbol in the top right corner, go to ‘Options’ > ‘Privacy’, and click ‘Clear all current history’. Check all of the options and click ‘Clear now”.

To report or seek advice on dealing with fraud and scam attempts, contact Cynthia Nield at cnield@lians.ca or 902 423 1300, x346.

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