Warning: Email misusing the name "Elliots Bond & Banbury"

8 March 2018

 An email has been sent, claiming to relate to a property conveyance, falsely claiming to be from "Jane Russel" of "Elliots Bond & Banbury".

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 "Jane Russel" of "Elliots Bond & Banbury".

The email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address and contains an attachment titled “Heads of terms”. A concern is that the attachment may concern malware. The email also includes a contact telephone number of 0208 570 176 and a fax number of 0208 579 3840.

The email also misuses the address of the genuine law firm (see below).

Any business or transactions through the email address, telephone number and fax number set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

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.