Having spam emails sent out under your name can happen to anyone. As we’ve previously reported, it has happened to a leading law firm. And to a prominent professor, at a top law school. This led us to wonder: Is “phishing” running rampant throughout the legal community?

Quite possibly. Even being married to justice of the United States Supreme Court will not protect you from the spammers.

It seems that a Supreme spouse may have fallen victim to unsavory characters from the online world….

Did Martha-Ann Alito, the wife of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., really send out this email?

Martha-Ann Alito

Not true, not true!

Needless to say, I did not click on the link. I instead emailed Mrs. Alito — whom I adore, for her fabulosity and her fashion sense — and suggested that she change her email password. (She might also want to check out this helpful Lifehacker post for additional tips.)

In case you’re wondering, the email did appear to originate from her actual email address — a Yahoo! account that she has used in the past when she and I have corresponded. But in going through my inbox, I noticed that my last message from her from that address was from a long time ago. Perhaps she has moved over to Gmail like the rest of us?

So it’s quite possible that Mrs. Alito doesn’t even use this old Yahoo! account any more — and therefore didn’t see my email informing her of the spam. If any Alito clerks happen to be reading this story, please tell Justice Alito to tell Mrs. Alito to either change her password or close her Yahoo! account.

UPDATE (5:30 PM): Actually, it looks like Mrs. Alito still uses this account; she just emailed me to apologize. Please, Mrs. Alito, no apologies necessary! You were the victim here, and it happens to all of us.

(By the way, in case you’re wondering, Mrs. Alito uses a Droid. Would someone with such stylish eyeglasses be caught dead using a Blackberry? I think not.)

How Can I Find Out Why My Email Account Just Spammed My Friends and Family? [Lifehacker]

Earlier: ATL Public Service Announcement: Watch Out for ‘Brian Willmer’ of ‘Willmer Hale’
HLS Potpourri: Professor Nesson Victim of Phishing, While Students Fish for Constitutional Protection from the TSA
Our Visit to Columbia Law School: A Photo Essay


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