SINGAPORE – Scammers have taken to setting up bogus law firms, impersonating lawyers and using phishing attacks purportedly from law firms’ e-mail addresses to dupe members of the public into giving them money.
The number of such scams here – as well as their sophistication – has grown as more Singaporeans transact online, said Mr Gregory Vijayendran, president of the Law Society of Singapore, during a virtual press conference on Friday (May 28).
The Law Society said there were seven cases of scams relating to law firms or lawyers in the past three years.
In one instance, scammers set up a fake law firm named “Goh Keng Law Firm”.
Using photographs of real lawyers, they created false lawyer profiles on the bogus firm’s website.
The fraudsters also copied client reviews taken from other law practices onto the website to bolster the impression that it was legitimate.
Would-be clients of the bogus law firm were told to pay commitment fees before it…