Scam Alert: Malicious Dropbox Links sent via email

We’ve received noticed that there may be several scam emails circulating in which scammers are sending Dropbox links via email with the eventual goal of getting wire transfers for settlement funds.

Reminder: Never click on suspicious links sent to you via email. If you are unsure whether or not a link is legitimate, call the supposed sender to confirm.

In particular, an email that proclaims to be from Britney Jacobs from Shoshone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with a link to an “updated contract” was not sent by Ms. Jacobs and should not be opened.

Scam Alert: Phishing Email Targeting Leadership

We have recently been made aware of a phishing email circulating in which the scammer purports to be part of Bar Leadership and asks for an expense to be paid via payment app. See below for a redacted example of the email.

Please remember that Bar Leadership will not send emails of this nature and if you have any questions you should call the officer or the Bar directly.

Scam Alert: Wasden Issues Warning over Charitable and Attorney Solicitations Following Rigby School Shooting

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is warning Idahoans about scam fundraisers related to the recent shooting at Rigby Middle School. Victims and their families also should be cautious if they receive legal representation solicitations about filing lawsuits or joining potential class actions.
Idaho’s charity laws prohibit misleading charitable solicitations and authorize the Office of the Attorney General to investigate and bring legal actions against organizations or people who misrepresent the purpose of charitable donations or who misuse charitable assets. Consumer protection laws help protect Idahoans from deceptive advertising of goods and services, including legal assistance.
 “Unfortunately, some people take advantage of tragedies to exploit victims’ pain and capitalize on the public’s generosity,” Wasden said. “I encourage individuals to file a complaint with my office if they become aware of suspicious fundraising attempts or misleading legal solicitations.”
 Donors who have lost money or who want to report a scam charity, solicitation, or legal representation advertisement may file a complaint through the Attorney General’s website at, or by calling the office’s Consumer Protection Division at 208-334-2424 or 1-800-432-3545 (toll free in Idaho).
 Shootings nationwide have prompted scores of lawsuits, including class actions. Within days of these tragedies, victims or their families may be pressured into signing representation contracts.
 Attorney solicitations are governed under the Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, which recognize that targeted in-person, telephone, or real-time electronic communications of potential clients can be abusive. Lawyers may not solicit professional employment through such methods unless the person contacted is a lawyer or has a family, friend, or prior professional relationship with the soliciting lawyer.
 Written communications soliciting professional employment must be marked as “Advertising Material.” Advertising that misrepresents the sender’s qualifications, the purpose of the ad, or the status or effect of a legal action violates the Idaho Consumer Protection Act and should be reported to the Attorney General.
 When deciding whether to donate money to a charity or contribute towards a fundraising campaign, donors should consider the following tips: Research before giving. Important background information about charities is available online. Donors can review the charity’s tax-exempt status and IRS financial filings at Financial records inform the public about a charity’s mission and show how a charity spends its money. Giving to an organization that spends most of its money on furthering its charitable purpose is better than donating to one that spends the bulk of its funds on administrative costs and employee compensation. Other websites that rate charities include the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance and Guidestar. Question telemarketers and don’t give money over the phone. Charities sometimes use paid “telefunders” to help them raise money. Donors should ask questions and request written information from such callers before deciding whether to donate. Never agree to donate over the phone and hang up on callers who use pressure tactics to get immediate contributions. It is often best to ignore calls from unknown numbers. Don’t click links in email solicitations and watch out for “look alike” websites. Links in unsolicited emails, or spam, can be very dangerous. They may contain malware that harms digital devices or takes the recipient to unsecure or fraudulent websites. Always visit a charity’s website directly to donate money. Fraudulent websites with slightly different web addresses than the legitimate charity’s website can scam donors out of their personal information or install malware or spyware on devices. Be wary of crowdfunding campaigns and social network fundraising. Crowdfunding can be a great way to fundraise, but it also is an attractive tool for scammers. Before donating to a crowdfunding campaign or through a social network solicitation, donors should question the person collecting the funds and find out (a) what percentage of donations will be used for the charitable purpose, (b) the amount of any added fees, and (c) what percentage of a donation goes to the platform website. Remember, donations to individuals are not tax-deductible. Protect personal identifying and financial information. Never give Social Security or driver’s license numbers, birthdates, or other private information to a solicitor. When donating to an organization through its website, use a credit card with a low credit limit and that protects against fraud. Read the charity’s privacy policy to find out how the charity may use donors’ personal information. Don’t send money orders or buy gift cards. Never donate to a person or organization that asks for money orders or gift cards. Reputable charities accept checks or credit cards. They do not instruct donors to buy gift cards.

Scam Email Re: General and Administrative Expenses

We have been informed of a scam email circulating in which a request is made by a scammer posing as a District Bar Officer to mail a check or wire transfer money to cover administrative expenses. If you receive an email similar to what is seen below, do not reply or click on any links. Immediately and permanently delete the email.

District Bar Officers of the Idaho State Bar do not make requests for checks to be mailed or funds to be transferred via wire transfer.

Scam Alert: Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Idaho lawyers are reporting that unemployment claims have been filed under their names with the Idaho Department of Labor. Most discovered the scam through emails or letters to them or to their employers. The scammers often have obtained victims’ personal information such as home addresses and social security numbers. Please note the Idaho State Bar does not store, cache, or archive data needing for filing claims with the Idaho Department of Labor.

If you receive a reference to an unemployment claim that appears fraudulent, or if you receive an unexpected 1099-G tax form from the Idaho Department of Labor, please follow this link to report possible identity theft. You might also run a credit check to pick up any unwarranted activity.

Finally, please make note of the “scam alert” feature on the front page of our website. We keep this updated with any scams reported to us that specifically target lawyers, law firms, or courts. We welcome those reports via email.

Scam Alert: Phishing email re: referral from Lawyer Referral Service

It has been brought to our attention that several attorneys have received a blank email with the subject line, “I was referred to you the Bar Referral Services. Do advise if your firm handles Litigation Cases.”

The Idaho State Bar Lawyer Referral Service does not process referrals in this way. Please do not click on anything or reply to an email with this or similar subject lines.

Scam Alert: Email scam requesting payment – May 8

We have been informed of another email scam circulating to attorneys, particularly those who serve in some Bar or Foundation leadership capacity. This particular scam is a phishing scam in which the sender appears to be a District Bar or Committee officer requesting payment be sent to him/her via gift cards for veterans due to COVID-19. If you receive a similar email, please do not reply or open any links. No member of Idaho State Bar or Idaho Law Foundation leadership will ever email you regarding a request for payment. See the example below:

Scam Alert: Email scam requesting payment from District Bar Officers – 8/29

We have been informed of another email scam alert circulating to attorneys, particularly those who serve as District Bar Officers. This particular scam is a phishing scam in which the sender appears to be the District Bar Officer request payment be sent to him/her via overnight mail. If you receive a similar email, please do not reply or open any links. District Bar Officers will not ever email you regarding a request for paymentSee the example below:

Email Scam Example

Scam Alert: Phone scam targets people with jury service claims – 8/23

New Scam Alert!

We have received a report of a scam currently circulating. An attorney will receive a scam email seeking representation to draft a purchase and sales agreement for a boat sale. The Idaho company they are claiming is making the purchase is in fact an Idaho company, however the email is not legitimate. If you receive an email similar to this, delete it immediately without opening the attachment or respondingThis scam originally began circulating to target Texas attorneys. You can read the full synopsis on the State Bar of Texas’ Blog along with a sample of this scam email.