Email claiming to be from 'Tony Millson'
19 April 2017
A member of the public has received an email claiming to be from 'Tony Millson', regarding an unclaimed "bank deposit".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a member of the public has received an email claiming to be from 'Tony Millson', in relation to a "bank deposit" belonging to a "late client" who had the same surname as the recipient of the email.
The email has been sent from the email address "email@example.com".
Any business or transactions through the email address "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?
The SRA authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Anthony Millson, known as Tony Millson.
The genuine Tony Millson confirms that he has 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.