Warning: Emails purporting to be from “Malcolm Harper of Fast Service Solicitors"
21 February 2018
An email has been sent purporting to be from "Malcolm Harper of Fast Service Solicitors", in relation to an employment law dispute.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a copy of an email sent in the name of "Malcolm Harper, Senior Employment Solicitor, Fast Service Solicitors, London.” The email seen by the SRA refers to a request for an increase in the settlement figure in relation to an employment matter.
The email does not provide a postal address for “Fast Service Solicitors” other than London. The email address used is Malcolm.firstname.lastname@example.org , and the telephone number provided is +44 7458 632 653
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "Fast Service Solicitors".
Any business or transactions undertaken by an individual purporting to be Malcolm Harper of Fast Service Solicitors, 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 does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor named Malcolm Harper. The genuine Malcolm Harper confirmed he is not the author of the email in question and he has no connection to it. The genuine Malcolm Harper works as a consultant for Abels in Southampton.
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.