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Nov 1 (Reuters) – International law firm Latham & Watkins has asked for a federal court order to stop unidentified cyber criminals from using domain names similar to its own to attempt to defraud clients and others.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia, federal court, Latham said scammers are using dozens of misleading domain names in emails impersonating Alexandra Bigot, a Paris-based Latham partner, hoping to dupe people into sending money to pay off falsified invoices.

The firm said at least 50 third parties were contacted in the scam. Latham asked the court to transfer the domain names to the firm.

A spokesperson for the firm declined to comment. Bigot did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Latham owns the domain name. The scammers, Latham alleged, have registered domain names combining “lw” with a generic location name for France, like “fr” or “fra.” Scam emails sent from these “abusive domain names” included the partner’s name, the firm’s real address and website, and its trademark, Latham said.

Cyber criminals in recent years have used other prominent law firm names, including Debevoise & Plimpton and DLA Piper, for similar cyber scams. Debevoise in a December 2021 lawsuit said the owners of “” and “” were sending emails using names of actual Debevoise attorneys as part of a phishing campaign.

Debevoise obtained a preliminary injunction days later and won a default judgment in August 2022.

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