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Owners and Charterers increasingly confronted with scam e-mails from self-proclaimed Law Firms

Our office recently received reports of scam e-mails being circulated amongst Owners and Charterers and, in particular, being sent to ships. These e-mails are being sent by scammers posing as law firms in order to distribute malware, including the latest ransomware.

Such e-mails f.e. could state the following:


Dear Sir,

We have been appointed to proceed with legal steps in arresting your vessel due to your inability to clear your long overdue payment with our client. Our client claims that several reminder has been sent to you on this subject matter without getting any response from you.

Find attached lawsuit filed by our client including Court and lawyer cost. Kindly review and revert with your comment. Meanwhile, vessel will be arrested by the court till further notice.

Your urgent response will be appreciated.



Kegels & Co wants to make aware both owners and charters of these potentially dangerous e-mails.

Failure to take reasonable steps to avoid or minimise cyber risks may also expose owners to potentially significant fines and/or enforcement action under applicable data protection laws, such as the European GDP Regulation, which will enter into force on 25 May 2018

Our firm recently posted an article on its website with several tips to make your firm "GDPR-proof", which you can readvia this link.

If you want more information / advice on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), please contact info@kegels-co.be.