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Scam email purporting to be from Solicitors Regulation Authority

Last updated 4 March 2014

Solicitors' firms are reporting that they have received email messages from the SRA, some of which refer to pending investigations. These messages have been sent from email addresses that do not end in @sra.org.uk. The messages do not originate from the SRA. It is possible that the messages contain a virus, and you are advised not to open any message attachments.

Firms first reported receiving the messages on 24 February. A second round of scam emails was reported on 3 March. 

If you receive an email message of this kind, please forward it to fraud@sra.org.uk. Then, delete it. If you have opened an attachment to a message of this kind, you should report it to your bank and IT provider.

Example scam email messages

Below is an example of the scam email message solicitors' firms received on 24 February. Details included in the email, which have been redacted, include the name of an address, a firm name, and an SRA ID number.

From: Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) [mailto:songfptw@sra.org]
Sent: 24 February 2014 15:11
To: Xxxxxx Xxxxxx
Subject: Important update from the SRA regarding your law practice (XXXX XXXXXX XXX), possible investigation

Important update from the SRA regarding your law practice, possible investigation

For the attention of XXXX XXXXXX XXX (XXXXXX- -).

We have received a complaint regarding your law practice and we will soon begin an investigation regarding your activity starting with the 1st December 2013 until the present day.

We will also call the following number: XXXXXXX.

Please find the complaint attached.
Thank you,

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on 24 Feb 2014

An example of the scam email message firms received on 3 March follows. The body of the email does not include details specific to the addressee.

From: Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) [mailto:x44u1gx79@sra.org]
Sent: 3 March 2014 16:46
To: xxxx@xxxxxxxx.co.uk
Subject: Important update from the SRA regarding your law practice, possible investigation

Important update from the SRA regarding your law practice, possible investigation

We have received a complaint regarding your law practice and we will soon begin an investigation regarding your activity starting with the 1st December 2013 until the present day.

Please find the complaint attached.
Thank you,

Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on 03 Mar 2014

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