Notice of Known Phishing Attempts and Email Scams
The State Bar of New Mexico has experienced a number of phishing attempts and email scams. (Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.) The State Bar of New Mexico takes online security very seriously. Though we have not encountered any security issues with compromised data, we are exploring extra online security measures and we are investigating the situation.
Below is a list of some of the phishing attempts/email scams that we are aware of. If you need help authenticating an email, please contact the State Bar at 505-797-6000 or email@example.com.
State Bar Lawyer Referral Service email Scam
It has been reported that some of our members have received an email from an individual stating that they have been referred to you by the State Bar Referral Service. Please disregard any emails that do not come from the State Bar Lawyer Referral Service email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please note that you would only receive a referral from our program if you are part of our panel and if you previously accepted the referral by email. We would never send a client your way without you accepting the referral first. For more detailed information regarding how the State Bar Lawyer Referral Service Operates and to sign up to be part of the Panel, please visit www.nmbar.org/LRS If you have any questions, please contact the State Bar Lawyer Referral Program at 505-797-6066
Dog Bite Case Phishing/Check Fraud Scam (September 4, 2019)
Some personal injury attorneys reported receiving an email from a person claiming to need assistance handling a personal injury case due to a dog bite. Once the attorneys engaged with the email,it became apparent that it was an an attempt at check fraud. The State Bar recommends that members proceed with caution when dealing with an email or inquiry with similar details.
Indeed Email Phishing Scam
The State Bar of New Mexico has been informed that some people have received an email that appears to come from the State Bar through Indeed.com regarding an application for a Receptionist position with the Bar. These emails are not coming from the State Bar of New Mexico. These are phishing scams. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The State Bar of New Mexico takes online security very seriously. Unfortunately, as with any impersonated entity in a phishing scam, the State Bar cannot stop the scammer. The State Bar of New Mexico strongly recommends that you take the following actions: Delete the email; Do not reply to the email; and Do not click on any links in the email.
Youth Soccer Solicitation (May 7, 2019)
Some members received an email solicitations for a youth soccer team. This incident was limited to one employee, who against policy and his training sent out an unauthorized email solicitation. No information was disclosed, suspected to be disclosed, nor did it involve any demographic data. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Notice of Go Fund Me Email Scam (March 4, 2019)
The State Bar is investigating an email scam that comes from a fake State Bar email (firstname.lastname@example.org) that claims to be raising funds through an online fundraising website “Go Fund Me.”