Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name of Rachel McAdorey and GGP Law

16 June 2017

Firms of solicitors have received emails falsely claiming to be from Rachel McAdorey of GGP Law, regarding a conveyancing matter.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that firms of solicitors have received emails falsely claiming to be from Rachel McAdorey of GGP Law. The emails claim to relate to a conveyancing matter and contain an attachment which may contain malware.

The emails seen by the SRA have been sent from the email address "mahmoud.umar.mh@gmail.com" with the display name "GGP Law". The emails falsely include the email footer of a genuine solicitor (see below). The footer includes the genuine email address and telephone number of the genuine solicitor, and the genuine website address of the genuine firm (see below).

Any business or transactions through the email address "mahmoud.umar.mh@gmail.com" is not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

GGP Law Ltd is a genuine firm that is authorised and regulated by the SRA.

The SRA authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Rachel McAdorey, who works at the genuine firm of GGP Law Ltd.

Both the genuine Rachel McAdorey and the genuine firm have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails referred to in the above alert.

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.