Alerts

Warning: Email from "Liinklaters․com" attempting to misuse the name Linklaters

8 February 2019

An email has been sent attempting to misuse the name Linklaters.

What is the scam?

An email has been sent attempting to misuse the name Linklaters.

The SRA has been advised that emails sent from a genuine solicitor at a genuine firm (see below) appear to have been intercepted, with a subsequent email being sent from an email address ending "@liinklaters․com". (Please note the extra "i" in the email address).

The email seen by the SRA asks the recipient to resend an invoice and "inform exact amount due for payment".

Any business or transactions through an email address ending with “@liinklaters.com” (please note the extra "i") is not undertaken by an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Linklaters LLP.

The genuine firm’s email address ends with the domain of "@linklaters․com" (please note only one "i" appears in the genuine domain name).

The genuine firm has confirmed that it has no connection to the email referred to in the above alert, or any emails from the domain name @liinklaters․com

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.