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Dentists: Be wary of phishing scams

June 14, 2016 The State Bar of Michigan emailed its members June 9, warning lawyers of a new phishing attack targeting bar associations around the country.

The fraudulent e-mails "appear to come from state bar presidents and have a similar subject line to 'State Bar of Michigan Complaint,' " warned the State Bar of Michigan, urging its members to monitor e-mails closely.

The ADA would like to remind members to be on the lookout for phishing – a term used to describe when "internet fraudsters impersonate a business to trick you into giving out your personal information," according to OnGuardOnline.Gov, the federal government's website designed to help consumers be safe, secure and responsible online. Some phishing emails try to trick the recipient into clicking on a link or attachment that can cause malware to be downloaded.

For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission. The Better Business Bureau also provides information which allows consumers to track scams in their area.

The ADA Center for Professional Success has tips to help ADA member dentists safeguard their practice from hackers.