Warning: Emails misusing the names of Vinaya Jigajinni and Sintons LLP
28 March 2018
Emails have been sent, falsely claiming to be from Vinaya Jigajinni of Sintons LLP.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to members of the public, falsely claiming to be from Vinaya Jigajinni of Sintons LLP. The emails relate to an attached “Settlement Statement” for a property transaction. A concern is that the email or an attachment may contain malware.
An email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent by “Vinaya Jigajinni, Business Real Estate Solicitor” but in fact uses a “Reply-To” email address of “email@example.com”. The email also provides and misuses the genuine address of Sintons LLP (see below).
Any business or transactions through the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” is not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Sintons LLP (which trades as Sintons Law) is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. Vinaya Jigajinni is a genuine solicitor who is authorised and regulated by the SRA and works at the genuine firm. The genuine firm’s address is The Cube, Barrack Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 6DB.
Both the genuine Vinaya Jigajinni and the genuine firm confirm that they have no connection to the email referred to above.
Members of the public who have any concerns about emails received from Vinaya Jigajinni of Sintons LLP in respect of a settlement statement, should contact the genuine firm to verify their authenticity.
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.