The Texas Supreme Court is warning Texas lawyers to ignore an email from someone claiming to be named “Barthelemy William” that requests personal information and appears to be a “scam email purportedly from the court.”
A prominent notice on the Supreme Court’s website reads:
“The Texas Supreme Court has received reports about solicitation emails purporting to be from ‘Barthelemy William,’ who claims to be with the Supreme Court of Texas and requests personal information from recipients. This email – supposedly sent from firstname.lastname@example.org – is not from the Supreme Court and is a scam or ‘phishing’ attempt to get personal information.”
Osler McCarthy, staff attorney for public information for the Supreme Court, says a process server received a copy of the email on Sept. 11 and forwarded it the next day to the Office of Court Administration, which notified the court. He says no one has complained directly to the Supreme Court about the email.
McCarthy provided a copy of the content of the email:
Subject: RE: the supreme court of texas
My name is Barthelemy William, from Supreme Court of Texas. Am writing to you regards to your late relative property with our secutity company Please get back to us with your cell number for more information.
The email is just the latest apparent effort to target Texas lawyers. In August, the State Bar of Texas alerted attorneys about a fake website purporting to be for a Texas firm.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys