Alerts

Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from AF Baker & Co Solicitors

9 August 2017

An email has been sent in relation to a conveyancing transaction falsely claiming to be from "Mandy More" of AF Baker & Co Solicitors

What is the scam?

An email has been sent in relation to a conveyancing transaction falsely claiming to be from "Mandy More" of AF Baker & Co Solicitors.

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent that falsely claims to be from "Mandy More", at "AF Baker & Co Solicitors". The content of the email relates to a conveyancing transaction and refers to an (unattached) sales memo for a property.

The email which the SRA has seen states it is from "Mandy More, Joint Partner" at "AF Baker & Co Solicitors". The email address is given as "mandymore@afbakersolicitors.org". A postal address is given as "144 Brighton Road, Coulsden, Surrey, C77 2NJ". The email also provides a contact number of 020 87777 04199 and a fax number of 020 7776 3094.

Any business or transactions through A F Baker & Co Solicitors via the contact details above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

The footer of the email seen by the SRA also gives the telephone number of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

The SRA does not authorise a solicitor by the name of Mandy More or Amanda More, nor a firm by the name of AF Baker & Co Solicitors.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called A F Barker & Co, which is based in Hertfordshire. The genuine firm A F Barker & Co has confirmed that it is not connected to the email referred to above.

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors based at 139 Brighton Road, Couldson, Surrey, whose genuine telephone number has been included in the footer of the email referred to above. This genuine firm has also confirmed that it is not connected to the email referred to above.

What should I do?

When a firm's or individual's identity has been copied exactly (or cloned), due diligence is necessary. If you receive correspondence claiming to be from the above firm(s) or individual(s), or information of a similar nature to that described, you should conduct your own due diligence by checking the authenticity of the correspondence by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means. You can contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may be required in other circumstances.