The Federal Chamber of Lawyers of Russia (FPA) has warned about fraudsters posing as law firms and made recommendations on how to protect themselves from them.
“We draw your attention to the fact that recently there have been more cases when fraudsters, hiding behind the names of well-known and respected law firms and lawyers’ formations, offer services to individuals and, by deception, receive money from them,” website departments.
In order not to fall for the bait of scammers, experts recommended not to conclude a contract hastily, but first to check the official website of the firm and the correspondence of the email address of the person from whom the offer of legal services was received to the official domain. The FPA pointed out that scammers often use phishing websites when the domain differs from the official domain of the law firm by one letter or one character.
The department reported that in large companies, employees do not correspond from personal mail, communication with clients goes through corporate mail.
The FPA advised to contact the company directly and check the bank details for which they are asked to transfer money. The department stressed that employees of law firms and lawyers’ associations do not ask their clients to transfer money to the accounts of other individuals or suspicious organizations.
In case of fraud, lawyers advised to contact the law enforcement agencies.
Earlier, in early July, bank representatives spoke about a new coronavirus vaccination fraud scheme. Attackers spread advertisements on social networks about bonuses in the amount of 5 thousand rubles, which are allegedly paid to VTB clients in case of vaccination, she wrote “Gazeta.ru”…
As of July 23, since the beginning of the year in Moscow, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has seized more than 700 fake certificates for vaccination against COVID-19, 60 criminal cases were initiated on the grounds of crimes under Art. 327 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Forgery, production or circulation of forged documents, state awards, stamps, seals or letterheads” and article 159 “Fraud”.