Stay safe from e-fraud this holiday season
Cyber criminals do not necessarily take holidays at the same time as many of us. Here are a few simple tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim of cyber fraud:
1. Do not click on links in unsolicited emails
Email is a key way in which cybercriminals can gain access to your computer and other devices, placing sensitive information at risk. Douglas Legal will never send you any unsolicited email asking you to click on links or download attachments. If we ever send an email that involves clicking on a link, we will notify you and explain to you its purpose beforehand.
2. Check our bank account details by phoning us before transferring money
It is always good practice to phone us (or any other law firms or service providers) and confirm bank account details before transferring money. Cybercriminals have developed a way to intercept emails and replace bank account details sent via emails. Such fraudulent emails can otherwise appear genuine.
It is now standard practice to confirm details in person over the phone. Further, there are emerging products such as Infotrack’s ‘Securexchange’, which facilitate the secure communication of bank account details:
Where appropriate, Douglas Legal is now also using Securexchange, to help protect our valued clients.
3. If you suspect anything, phone us
Cybersecurity is very important to us, to protect our clients and our business. We work with market-leading and reputable third-party suppliers, such as Infotrack, so that your data is secured. We do not send unsolicited emails to anyone. Please let us know if you receive any such unsolicited email, purporting to be from us.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish our clients a safe, festive and restful holiday season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.