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Watch Out for This New DMCA Link Scam Sent from Fake Lawyers

24 Jun, 2022 Tips & Help

Have you been receiving suspicious emails from law firms alleging you violated DMCA copyright law? If so, you are not alone. All over the country, people have been receiving emails from fraudulent lawyers and law firms claiming that their website has by some means violated DMCA. DMCA stands for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which was instituted to protect copyright infringements on owned intellectual property and deter misuse of owned media. DMCA link requests are typically sent out to give notice of possible violations of copyright law. However, in this scam, these deceptive DMCA link requests have no factual basis and are simply link spam. Link spams are deceitful links that are meant to exploit search-ranking algorithms and can have a significantly negative impact on your SEO practices.

This particular scam has been using fake firms and AI-generated lawyers to ensure the fake emails come across as more realistic.

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How the Scam Looks

As pictured, this realistic-looking email scam disguises as a DMCA infringement but only vaguely presents information. The scam also poses behind the well-thought-out character of Billy to build credibility and legitimacy. You can inspect how the email does not explicitly describe the specific details of the alleged violation. Instead, it names a violation under the law without describing why it was actually violated.

The scam is also known to use realistic AI-generated lawyers to put a face to the scam and attempt to lend credibility to the email. So, when receiving emails, it’s best not to assume their profile picture is legitimate either. If you encounter one of these emails, you can observe that some of the details in their profile pictures don’t entirely match up when investigating in closer detail. As a result, when receiving emails from unknown senders, it’s wise to question whether the email has any of the elements above or any other typical elements of a scam.

How to Avoid Falling Prey to This Scam

To prevent being link-scammed, be careful of mail you receive from previously unknown people and businesses. Make sure you are examining who sent you the mail and verify it is a legitimate business or person who sent the mail. It’s also essential to avoid clicking on links that may be fraudulent. Additionally, you can notice the vagueness of the email and the lack of supporting details present. This scam and other similar digital scams are not uncommon at all in this digital age and may only increase as fraudulent technology improves. It is in your best interest to learn how to correctly identify these scams and protect yourself and your business from being duped.

Contact Our Team to Combat Link Scams

Fortunately, with the right help these hoaxes can be dealt with. If scams like these are negatively impacting your practices, reach out to our team at BluShark Digital to learn more about what we can do to enhance your business’s digital presence and improve your ability to withstand scams like these.