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Warning: Emails referring to “picn solicitors” and a medical directory

Emails have been sent to several firms of solicitors, referring to “picn solicitors” in relation to a medico legal directory mailing list membership.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that several firms of solicitors have received an email referring to “picn solicitors” in relation to a medico legal directory mailing list membership.

The email seen by the SRA appears to be sent from an email address of “mailman-bounces@levenephoto.servers.prgn.misp.co.uk” on behalf of “picnsolicitors-owner@medicolegal.directory” .

The email also refers to email addresses of “picnsolicitors@medicolegal.directory” and “picnsolicitors-request@medicolegal.directory” and the SRA has been advised that the email address “picnsolicitors-bounce@medicolegal.directory” may also be being used.

The email seen by the SRA claims to be a “reminder”, sent out once a month, about a medical legal directory mailing list membership. The email advised the recipient to visit the URLs to change their membership status, including the option to unsubscribe from the list. A concern is the unsubscribe option may contain a virus or malware.

The SRA has been informed that when the unsubscribe option is selected, each solicitor’s reply is sent to all of the solicitors who have previously clicked to unsubscribe, and subsequent emails sent from the recipient to genuine email addresses may be being diverted to other firm of solicitors who have previously attempted to “unsubscribe”.

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "Picn Solicitors."

Any business or transactions through the email addresses above is not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

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.

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