State Bars across the country are receiving reports of an email scam targeting attorneys using false notifications of disciplinary actions.

So far attorneys in Alabama, California, Nevada, Georgia, and Florida have reported receiving emails that pose as a disciplinary notice from their state bar.

In the emails, the lawyer is instructed to click on a link to view the complaint, which loads a malicious software called ransomware that blocks computer access until a sum of money is paid.

Although we have not received reports of Texas attorneys receiving these emails, members should be aware that the State Bar of Texas will not send disciplinary notices by email. If you receive an email of this type, delete it immediately.