Alerts

Warning: Email from "Charles George (Principal Solicitor)" of "Charles George Immigration"

7 December 2017

Emails have been sent from "Charles George (Principal Solicitor)" of "Charles George Immigration", regarding an offer of employment.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received an email claiming to be from "Charles George (Principal Solicitor)" of "Charles George Immigration", regarding an offer of employment.

The email was sent from "charlesgeorge@charlesgeorgeimmigration.com" and advises the recipient to provide documents and a fee in order to obtain a visa. There is also a website at www.charlesgeorgeimmigration.com which claims that it is a specialist law firm with a "team of highly qualified, trained and experienced solicitors".

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "Charles George Immigration”. Any business or transactions through "Charles George Immigration" using the email address or website listed above, are not undertaken by an authorised solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate several individual solicitors called Charles George. They 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.