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Florida Bar warns lawyers of fraudulent email claiming to come from Attorney General’s office



Across Florida this week, many lawyers received an email with the subject line: “The Florida Office of The Attorney General Complaint.”

“Enclosed is a copy of the complaint which requires your response,” it read.

But the Florida Bar warned lawyers Thursday that the email did not come from Pam Bondi’s office. And the attachment is actually a virus, possibly Ransomware, that blocks access to a computer until a ransom is paid.

By Thursday morning, the real Office of the Attorney General had received more than 50 reports of the suspicious email from lawyers, including some in the Tampa Bay area.

The Office of the Attorney General asks lawyers who receive the fraudulent message to call them at (866)-966-7226 or visit


[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:42pm]


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