Warning: Emails misusing the name "Taylor Walton Solicitors"
29 March 2018
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails misusing the name "Taylor Walton Solicitors".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that members of the public have received emails from the email address of firstname.lastname@example.org which falsely claim to be from "Taylor Walton Solicitors".
The SRA has been advised that the emails sent from “email@example.com” include an attachment asking the recipient to provide Microsoft 365 login details.
Any business or transactions through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org is not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors named Taylor Walton LLP.
The genuine firm of Taylor Walton LLP confirms that it does use the suffix email address of “@taylorwalton.co.uk”, but it does not employ an individual who uses the abbreviation or name of “ton”, and no individual employed at the firm use the email address of email@example.com.
The genuine firm of Taylor Walton LLP has confirmed that it does not have any 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.