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Warning: Email from "Christine Dyson" of "Premier Solicitors"

19 May 2017

An email has been sent to a law firm referring to a property transaction, which falsely claims to be from "Christine Dyson" of "Premier Solicitors".

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a law firm has received an email sent in the name of "Christine Dyson" of Premier Solicitors. The email refers to the sale of a property and to an attached document entitled "memorandum of sale". A concern is that the attachment may contain malware if opened.

The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from "Christine Dyson" of "Premier Solicitors", but was actually sent from the email address "gbuswoods@gmail.com."

The email contains a footer which includes the genuine address and genuine SRA number of a genuine firm (see below). The email also provides the telephone number 01234 352 056.

Any business or transactions through the email address "gbuswoods@gmail.com", telephone number 01234 352 056 are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Premier Solicitors LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm uses a trading name of Premier Solicitors and has its only office in Bedford. The telephone number for the genuine firm is 01234 358 080 and its genuine fax number is 01234 348112.

The SRA does authorise and regulate a solicitor named Christine Dyson. The genuine firm has confirmed that Christine Dyson left the firm last year.

The genuine firm and Christine Dyson 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.