Warning: Email misusing the name "Atlantic Solicitors"
6 March 2018
An email has been sent, claiming to relate to a property conveyance, falsely claiming to be from "Kamal Giwa" of "Atlantic Solicitors".
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a report that an email claiming to relate to a property conveyance has been sent to a genuine firm of solicitors, falsely claiming to be from "Kamal Giwa" of "Atlantic Solicitors".
The email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address “email@example.com”. The email states that the client bank details “is presently undergoing audit and would not be able to receive payment for now”. The recipient is asked to state the date of payment and the amount to be paid, so that alternative bank details can be provided.
The email also contains genuine contact details of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email address set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Atlantic Solicitors Limited is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. Atlantic Solicitors Limited uses the trading name of Atlantic Solicitors.
Atlantic Solicitors has its genuine head office at Suite 206, Island Business Centre, 18-36 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6PF. Its genuine telephone number is 0208 8554111 and its genuine fax numbers are 0208 043 2769 and 0208 331 0792. The genuine firm of Atlantic Solicitors also has offices in Milton Keynes and Chelmsford.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it does employ a genuine trainee solicitor called Kamal Giwa. The genuine email address for the genuine Kamal Giwa employed by the firm is "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The genuine firm has confirmed that neither the genuine firm nor the genuine Kamal Giwa employed by it have any connection with 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.