Case Study

Trusted law firms have trusted communication. Email that is the real thing.

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Leading full-service law firm on the African continent

800

Employees

400

Lawyers

Sectors Covered 13:

Agribusiness, food & beverage
Energy
Financial services
Fintech
Healthcare
Hospitality & Leisure
Infrastructure
Mining
Private Equity & Strategic Investors
Retail
Telecommunications, Media & Technology
Transport

Offices in:

Johannesburg - South Africa
Cape Town - South Africa

Cyber criminals are using trust to commit financial fraud.

Law firms are a prime target for cyber criminals

Law firms have uniquely personal relationships with clients making them highly susceptible to email fraud, especially impersonation. They also deal with some of the largest transactions anyone will ever make in their lifetime, such as property transactions, commercial transactions, and wills. Law firms are also a prime target for criminals because of the sums involved with legal fees.

 

Law firms of every type and size are at risk of fraudulent email activities

The most frequently used tool by fraudsters targeting law firms is email. It is critical, therefore, that they protect their brand name from all forms of abuse, and ensure that only real email sent from them ever reaches an inbox.

 

It is very easy for criminals to readily gather publicly available information about a law firm; its employees, and partners. This information can come from many sources, including the firm’s website, company and employee social media and email out of office messages. Additionally, it is common practice for lawyers to have their contact details publicly available online.

 

The availability of this information makes it easy for fraudsters to use email to impersonate a law firm and individual lawyers for illegal gain. They can also use the information to intercept a message and amend details with the purpose of illicit gain. When this happens the financial and reputational damage can be catastrophic.

 

Law firms need to put in measures protect their domain name to prevent fraudsters from sending emails from their email address. Cyber criminals impersonate not just the company name but styling and language making it difficult to distinguish the fake from the real thing.

 

Trusted communication from Webber Wenztel

Webber Wentzel has deployed technology to stop email attacks from ever reaching its employees, customers, suppliers or partners in the first place. They have now protected their entire stakeholder community and their brand. Email communication from Webber Wentzel can now be 100% trusted.

 

Protecting Webber Wentzel and their community from email fraudsters

Webber Wentzel has implemented Sendmarc’s DMARC solution. Sendmarc is actively blocking all illegitimate email using the Webber Wentzel name and is also ensuring that all legitimate emails bearing the company name and/or an employee name ever reaches an inbox.

Webber Wentzel Requirements

Protecting against fraudsters

Safeguard the Webber Wentzel name and its employees, stopping fraudsters from using the brand and employee names for illicit gain.

Delivery of legitimate email

Ensure that all clients, partners, employees and suppliers receiving email from Webber Wentzel email addresses can be 100% confident it is the real thing.

Prevent invoice fraud

Stop fraudsters intercepting payments to Webber Wentzel by asking for payment to a different account.

Ensure email authenticity

Stop cyber criminals intercepting email and changing the message for illicit purposes.

Improve deliverability

Ensure deliverability of Webber Wentzel ‘real’ emails are not affected at all from the measures implemented.

Maintain trust

Ensure the highest standards of email safety and security are maintained at all times to ensure trust in our brand and lawyers is maintained.

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