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Spoof Email Scam Impersonates Law Firm Partner

March 17, 2017

Spoof Email Scam Impersonates Law Firm Partner

NEW YORK, NY, March 16, 2017 – Entwistle & Cappucci LLP (“E&C” or the “Firm”) learned yesterday that unidentified individuals illegally impersonated Mr. Vincent R. Cappucci, one of the senior partners of our firm, and sent a spoof email to an unknown number of wholly unsuspecting individuals regarding a fictitious divorce proceeding. (See sample email below.) To be clear, this fake email did not come from any email associated with our firm and “ent-law.com” is not affiliated with our Firm. The incident has been reported to the proper law enforcement authorities.

The Firm’s Managing Partner Andrew Entwistle observed: “These types of internet scams, illegal impersonations and other forms of cyber crime are happening with alarming frequency. Today’s malicious attack is particularly troubling in its use of the emotionally charged issue of divorce as a ‘hook’ in the spoof email. While most of the calls and emails we received today were from folks who immediately recognized the scam for what it was and called to alert us to the issue, there were several calls from spouses who were extremely upset to receive an email of this kind. We apologize to everyone that received this email and for any inconvenience or distress it may have caused. While the firm itself appears to have been a target, the real victims of this scam are the countless good people that were exposed to this malicious act.”

Mr. Entwistle also cautioned that: “While the firm itself was not hacked and its servers and network remains secure, our outside IT consultants advise the email points to a link which will, if opened, expose your computer to a virus. If you receive any other information, please submit it on the FBI Cyber Crime Tip website or to the Cybercrime Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Also, should you receive an email purporting to be from Mr. Cappucci, or any other individual from our firm, with the subject line: “divorce papers,” please do not open the link or attachment.”

SAMPLE EMAIL:

From: Vincent R. Cappucci [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2017 10:56 AM
To: __________________
Subject: RE: divorce papers

My name is Vincent Cappucci and I am a senior partner at ENTWISTLE & CAPPUCCI LLP. Your spouse has contracted me to prepare the divorce papers. Here is the first draft, please contact me as soon as possible:

Thank you
Vincent R. Cappucci
Senior Partner
[email protected]
Phone: 212-894-5716
Fax: 212-894-8741

United Audit Systems Inc. Confidentiality Notice

The information contained in this email message and its attachments is intended only for the private and confidential use of the recipient(s) named above, unless the sender expressly agrees otherwise. Transmission of email over the Internet is not a secure communications medium. If you are requesting or have requested the transmittal of personal data, as defined in applicable privacy laws by means of email or in an attachment to email, you must select a more secure alternate means of transmittal that supports your obligations to protect such personal data. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient and/or you have received this email in error, you must take no action based on the information in this email and you are hereby notified that any dissemination, misuse or copying or disclosure of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by email and delete the original message.

Contact:
ENTWISTLE & CAPPUCCI LLP
299 Park Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY 10171
Telephone: (212) 894-7200
Facsimile: (212) 894-7272
www.entwistle-law.com​

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