Emails falsely claiming to be from Renew Legal Limited
20 April 2017
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent using the name "Renew Legal". The emails relate to the payment of an outstanding invoice.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent which use the name "Renew Legal". The emails relate to the payment of an outstanding invoice and supposedly attach a copy of the invoice by way of a link on the email. A concern is that the link may contain malware if opened.
The emails which the SRA has seen appear to be sent from "Stephen Lister" using the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org", but have actually been sent from the email addresses "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Any business or transactions through the email addresses "email@example.com" and "firstname.lastname@example.org" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Renew Legal Limited (trading as Renew Legal) is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine email address as listed on the firm's website is email@example.com
The SRA does authorise and regulate a solicitor by the name of Stephen Lister.
The genuine firm and the genuine solicitor have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails 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.