Alerts

Warning: Email from "Jones & Woods Solicitors"

17 May 2017

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent using the name "Jones & Woods Solicitors". The email relates to a conveyancing transaction.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent which uses the name "Jones & Woods Solicitors". The email refers to an attached "Revised Sales Contract" for a conveyancing transaction, however no contract is attached to the email.

The email seen by the SRA appears to be sent from "Ryan Jones" using the email address "Ryan.Jones@bdc.ac.uk". The email signature provides contact details for "Jones & Woods Solicitors" as Churchill House, 90 Church Road, Hove, BN3 4444. A telephone number is provided as 014444-734 600. Fax number provided is 0124473-73 674 and DX address as 594441 Hove. The email also provides the SRA No 677887.

The email contains a footer which misuses the name of a genuine firm (see below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate any firm by the name of Jones & Woods Solicitors.

Any business or transactions through the email addresses "Ryan.Jones@bdc.ac.uk", or the address, telephone number and fax number given above are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Crosby and Woods Solicitors is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine Firm's email address is advice@crosbywoods.co.uk.

The genuine firm has confirmed to the SRA that it does not have any connection with 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.