Warning: Emails misusing the name of JMW Solicitors LLP
16 March 2018
Emails have been sent which falsely claim to be from JMW Solicitors LLP in relation to conveyancing matters.
What is the scam?
The SRA has seen copies of emails, which refer to an attached “exchange of contract and remittance details”. A concern is that the attachment may contain malware if opened.
The emails give the impression of having been sent from a genuine firm (see below), but have actually been sent from the email addresses “firstname.lastname@example.org”, “email@example.com”, “firstname.lastname@example.org” and “Kim Cotton (email@example.com)”. One email misuses the name of a genuine solicitor, Jodie Miller (see below).
The emails provide a telephone number of “0161 899 2624”, a fax number of “0161 897 1826” and a web address of” www.jmmw.co.uk”.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate any solicitors by the name of Marjorie Stones, Heather Uncles, Amanda Huckvale or Kim Cotton.
Any business or transactions carried out through the details given above are not undertaken by a genuine solicitor’s practice or individuals authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
JMW Solicitors LLP is a genuine firm that is authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The genuine email address for JMW Solicitors LLP is firstname.lastname@example.org and the genuine website address is www.jmw.co.uk.
The genuine firm and the genuine solicitor named Jodie Miller (employed at the genuine firm) have confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection with the emails 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.