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Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from Andersons Solicitors

13 July 2017

Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Clive Farndon" of "Andersons Solicitors" referring to a "Memorandum of Sale".

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Clive Farndon of Andersons Solicitors" referring to a "Memorandum of Sale".

The emails appear to relate to a property conveyance and the attachment is referred to as "Memorandum of sale for 17 Vicarage Close". These emails are not genuine and there is concern that the attachment may contain harmful malware if opened.

The emails seen by the SRA were sent from the email address "andersons-sol@btconnect.com" and refer to a telephone number of 01423 527437 and facsimile number of 01423 527228.

The emails contain a footer which includes the genuine address and the genuine SRA number of a genuine firm (see below).

Any business or transactions conducted through "andersons-sol@btconnect.com" or the telephone and facsimile number as recorded 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?

Andersons Solicitors is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The address for the genuine firm is Regent House, 13-15 Albert Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG1 1JX, England. The telephone number is 01423 527852, fax number is 01423 527 677and their genuine SRA number is 71696.

The SRA does authorise and regulate a solicitor named Clive Farndon and he is a partner at the genuine firm.

The genuine firm and Clive Farndon have both confirmed that they have no connection to the emails 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.