John Sirman, web manager and strategic planning director for the State Bar, says four or five lawyers in the Austin area received the email and called the Bar yesterday.
Sirman forwarded a copy of the email. It says the recipient’s Texas Bar account has been suspended and directs the attorney to click a link and complete a form to restore the account.
The message is signed “Technical Support State Bar of Texas,” but the “from” email address reads “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
“Don’t click on the link. Don’t provide any information in response to it. We don’t ever ask attorneys to verify their account information in this manner,” says Sirman.
This is the first time Sirman says he has seen a phishing effort that targets lawyers and asks for disclosure of personal information like passwords.
“Hopefully, people are savvy enough when they see something like this they can tell it’s a fake,” he says.
-- Angela Morris