Notice of Potential Scam Involving Correspondence from Office of Disciplinary Council

The WV Office of Disciplinary Council has advised that bar members in Pennsylvania, Texas and Maryland have reported receiving an email claiming a grievance has been filed against them and giving them 10 days to respond. The email invites them to “click here” for more information.

None of the disciplinary agencies are responsible for these emails. The link loads a malicious software called ransomware on your computer that blocks computer access until a sum of money is paid.

We are no aware of any similar scams in WV, however, be alert. If you receive this type of email, delete it immediately. If you have any questions about any emails received from the Office of disciplinary council, contact that office at www.wvodc.org or 304-558-7999. Do not click on any links.

New Member Benefit – LawPay

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The West Virginia State Bar is excited to present a new member benefit. Endorsed by 45 states, and more than 50 local bar associations, LawPay is proud to be the preferred payment partner of more than 35,000 law firms. Designed specifically for the legal industry, LawPay provides attorneys with a simple, secure, and online way to accept credit cards in their practice.

Additionally, LawPay understands the unique compliance and financial requirements placed on attorneys, which is why the LawPay platform was designed specifically to correctly separate earned and unearned payments, giving you peace of mind that your credit card transactions are always handled correctly.

For more than a decade, LawPay has made it as easy as possible for attorneys to receive payment for their services.

 

To learn more about LawPay, visit Membership Benefits page, visit www.lawpay.com/wvbar or call 866-376-0950.

 

Members who use LawPay should confirm that the use is done in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Posting of Potential Scams and Cyber Threats

The West Virginia State Bar is establishing a section of our website where members can post information or concerns they have regarding fraudulent emails, phishing scams or cyber threats.  The CYBER ALERTS section will be located under the “For Attorneys” tab.  Click Here to view the new section.Members are encouraged to post any information they become aware of for sharing with other State Bar members.  The State Bar will also post CURRENT ALERTS the Bar receives.  For questions concerning this new service, contact the State Bar’s IT Director, Mike Mellace, at mellacem@wvbar.org.

Wire Fraud Issues

Charleston, WV – A WV State Bar member recently reported being hit with a wire fraud issue twice in the last year, and another law firm recently wired fund to the wrong account based on a fraudulent e-mail.  In both cases a realtor’s e-mail account was hacked.  In the first case, the buyer received alleged wire instructions from our office to send the funds for closing.  Fortunately, we had asked for a cashier’s check and buyer brought to our attention.  In the second case, our seller allegedly sent wire instructions for their proceeds, to which it was sent, but immediately recovered by the bank.  Lawyers need to verbally call the recipient of the wire and verify the instructions, as well as obtaining copies of driver’s licenses.  Also, lawyers should be sending wire instructions via secure e-mail.  Generally, the hacker will get into a Yahoo account (either realtor or lawyer) and then spoof the party who is sending the wire instructions.  Here is is a link to a recent Florida Bar New article.