New Zealand lawyers are being targeted in a scam trying to
get their personal information, which then could be used to
steal money or infiltrate computer networks, says the Law
The Law Society is warning lawyers and firms to be careful
about providing information in calls from someone "pretending
to be a recruitment agent".
A New Zealand law firm received calls claiming to be from a
foreign legal recruitment company but investigations have
indicated this is a scam, the society said.
The calls were from someone called Anne Brown at "Snowden
Executive Search", which is the name of a firm given during
calls in other countries by people pretending to be
recruiters and trying to get details.
Lawyers contacted in New Zealand were told their names had
been put forward for senior role for an unnamed client.
They were told that Brown's supervisor would call them later
and asked for a phone number and an email address.
The Law Society said this was likely a scam and "attempted
social engineering "trying to get its targets to reveal
personal or confidential information.
"Such information can be used to infiltrate computer networks
or to steal money from the individual concerned," the Law
"The name 'Anne Brown' is among a number used in a scam where
people are offered the possibility of employment in a foreign
location and are then asked to complete an "online
screening"process, including a credit check. The information
divulged for this can then be used for criminal purposes,"
the Law Society said.