Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name "Jane Hannaway" at "Hine Solicitors"

31 August 2017

Emails have been sent in relation to an invoice falsely claiming to be from "Jane Hannaway" at "Hine Solicitors".

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to members of the public falsely claiming to be from "Jane Hannaway" at "Hine Solicitors". The emails relate to an outstanding invoice and invite the recipient to click on a link to access the invoice.

A concern is that the link may contain malware if clicked.

The emails appear to have been sent by "Jane Hannaway" but have actually been sent from email addresses including "ss@greatlakesscenic.com" and "studio@hawk.ch".

Any business or transactions through the email addresses above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Hine Solicitors is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Jane Hannaway who is a partner at the genuine firm.

The genuine firm and the genuine solicitor have confirmed that they have no connection 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.