Cyber criminals targeting legal transactions, including property deals: Law Society

2024 · 07 · 24

SINGAPORE - A purchaser of a property in Singapore unknowingly transferred some $300,000 by electronic means to a scammer pretending to be her legal solicitor last month.

After hacking into the purchaser's e-mail account and extracting her solicitor's details, the scammer impersonated the lawyer by using an extremely similar-looking e-mail. The differences included an underscore and two extra letters to the lawyer's e-mail domain name.