Warning: Email falsely claiming to be from “Reynolds & Co Solicitors LLP"
5 February 2018
An email has been sent relating to a property transaction which falsely claims to be from "Rita Odenells" of "Reynolds & Co Solicitors LLP".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a law firm has received an email sent in the name of "Rita Odenells – Senior Conveyancing Officer" of "Reynolds & Co Solicitors LLP”. The email has attached a "Memorandum of Sales". A concern is that this attachment may contain malware.
The email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The email provides an address of "555-460 High Road, Ilford, Essex, 4G1TY 65TWA", a DX of "DX 5601 Ilford", telephone numbers of "0206 478 9098" and "07909673888" and a fax number of "0208 779 8000".
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a solicitor named Rita Odenells, nor does it authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors called “Reynolds & Co. Solicitors LLP”.
Any business or transactions through "Reynolds & Co Solicitors LLP", or by "Rita Odenells" or through the email address "email@example.com" or postal address "555-460 High Road, Ilford, Essex, 4G1TY 65TWA", are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA has previously authorised and regulated several firms of solicitors called Reynolds & Co. The most recent closed in 2009.
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.