Warning: Email misusing the name “Harden & Co Solicitors LLP” and Roseblade & Co Solicitors
1 March 2018
An email has been sent falsely claiming to be from “Harden & Co Solicitors LLP” and Roseblade & Co Solicitors in relation to a memorandum of sale.
What is the scam?
The SRA has received a report that an email claiming to be from “Theresa” at “Harden & Co Solicitors LLP” has been sent to a member of the public. The email claims to relate to an attached memorandum of sale. A concern is that an attachment may contain malware if opened.
The email seen by the SRA has been sent from email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” and the display name is “Roseblade & Co Solicitors”.
The email also provides a postal address of “333-460 High Road, Ilford, Essex, 7U 1TY 65TWA”, a DX of “5601 Ilford”, telephone numbers of “0206 478 9098” and “07909 673 888” and a fax number of “0208 779 8000”.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called “Harden & Co Solicitors LLP”.
Any business or transactions through “Harden & Co Solicitors LLP” or through the email address, address, DX, telephone or fax numbers above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Roseblade & Co Solicitors are a genuine firm authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm’s genuine address is 9 Cannock Road, Chase Terrace, Burntwood, Staffordshire, WS7 1JS. The genuine firm have confirmed that they have no connection to the email above.
Paul Harden & Co was a genuine firm authorised and regulated by the SRA. This firm closed in 2015, and is understood to have no connection to the email 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.