What would you do if you received this? Normally, I would have hit the delete key. After all, you don’t get subpoenaed by email.
Then I looked a little closer. It had my name, phone number and the correct email address. Hmm. I moused over the links without clicking and most, but not all seemed correct. I looked up the law firm and they didn’t exist.
Still, I forwarded it to our friends at Invicta Law Group and asked them what they thought.
For a number of reasons they were pretty sure I didn’t need to worry about it.
Then today, I received this message from Stacie Foster at Invicta:
Patrick, you are a genius for catching this. It was so new when you got it that it wasn’t on any of the “webscam” sites.
I know because I checked; it wasn’t even on the court’s website, but apparently now it is.
You are in good company; they only sent it to “larger prey” but it was nasty. If you have time, read the article linked below to see what a mess you avoided.
Spread the word!
Check out this quote from yesterday’s New York Times article, Larger Prey are Targets of Phishing that describes what happens if you click:
…A recipient who tries to view the document unwittingly downloads and installs software that secretly records keystrokes and sends the data to a remote computer over the Internet. This lets the criminals capture passwords and other personal or corporate information.
Another piece of the software allows the computer to be controlled remotely. According to researchers who have analyzed the downloaded file, less than 40 percent of commercial antivirus programs were able to recognize and intercept the attack.
So if you receive the above email, whatever you do, don’t click on anything!
Please spread the word.
Now, let’s get back to Responsible Marketing.