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Malicious email targeting CQS member firms

18 May 2017

There is currently an email being sent to a number of Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) member firms which is actually a spoof email and contains links to websites known to hold malicious content. The email, with a subject line of “Your Ref: Completion Statement” is coming from a variety of email addresses including a btconnect email address.

The email mentions that a TR1 form can be viewed by clicking on various links within the email. Convincing-looking spoof emails such as this with attachments or links will when opened, infect computers with malware. Please do not click on any links or download any documents from the links embedded within this spoof email. The easiest course of action is to delete the email completely.

Given the high propensity of cybercrime within the legal sector, it is vital that your IT systems are patched and updated on a regular basis and your staff are made fully aware of the risks of a cyber-attack.

We have recently seen with the WannaCry ransomware attack on the NHS what devastation can be caused by computer viruses.

To help firms mitigate the threat of cybercrime the Law Society has a number of resources available to members.

See our cybersecurity and scam prevention advice and guidance