The Legal Practice Council would like to warn all legal practitioners about two fraudulent emails that purport to be from the Free State provincial office of the Legal Practice Council and from a member of our Council.

Legal practitioners are advised to please exercise caution in responding to any email from the senders noxolom@maduba-attorneys.co.za_ purporting to be from Maduba Attorneys and directorfs@lpc.org.za_ purporting to be from our Free State provincial office. The emails in question instruct practitioners to click on a link to a form. The e-mails in question do not originate from the LPC or Maduba Attorneys. Practitioners are warned not to click on the link in these or any other mail that comes from a suspicious source. Indications in the mail that should give rise to suspicions are the fact none of our emails are ever sent with an underscore sign at the end of the email addresses. Kindly note that the LPC will never send you emails from such email addresses.

Legal practitioners are again warned of business e-mail frauds and alerted to the common cyber-attack known as phishing. “Phishing” is the most common type of cyber-attack that affects organisations like ours. Phishing attacks can take many forms, but they all share a common goal – getting one to share sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card information, or bank account details. Although we maintain controls to help protect our networks and computers from cyber threats, we rely on all legal practitioners to exercise caution at all times in considering and replying to e-mails, especially those where you are asked to click on a link.

Issued by the Legal Practice Council

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