Emails sent from "email@example.com"
10 February 2017
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent which misuse the email address: "firstname.lastname@example.org".
What is the scam?
The emails seen by the SRA appear to have been sent from the email address: "email@example.com".
The emails attach a copy of a completion statement, which if opened, may contain harmful malware.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm called TMJ Legal Services Limited.
Janice Comb is not authorised by the SRA, however she is employed by TMJ Legal Services Limited. Her email address at the firm is the same as that stated above.
The genuine firm have confirmed that this email address has been misused by an unknown third party and without the authority or permission of the genuine firm and/or Janice Comb.
Both the genuine firm and the genuine individual have confirmed that they have no connection to the emails referred to in the above alert.
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.