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Please Don’t Send Me Emails with Links

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | February 20, 2017

No. 1,306

A colleague told me recently that he had received an unsolicited email from an alleged jobseeker.  At the bottom of the page was a link to his supposed resume.

You guessed it. My friend had fallen for a ransomware scheme and it was costly.  Lawyers are particularly vulnerable because there are client files that cannot be abandoned.

Two lessons.  Be extremely careful when clicking on any link.  But just as important, don’t send unnecessary links in email to others.  They may just ditch the email.

I get unsolicited emails every day that are supposedly from Google, Apple, FedEx and other legitimate sources, some of which look pretty authentic. In addition, there are inquiries from potential clients.  Fortunately, most of phishy ones are still dead giveaways.  But times are changing and (in this respect) not for the better.

CLT

 

 

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