Warning: Email misusing the name of Herbert Smith LLP
12 July 2019
The SRA has received a report that an e-mail has been sent, claiming to be from Herbert Smith LLP, in relation to receiving an inheritance.
What is the scam?
An e-mail has been sent, claiming to be from Herbert Smith LLP, informing the recipient that they are entitled to receive money. The e-mail asks the recipient to make a payment of £1,250.00 after they have agreed to pay for the required documents and a registration form.
The email seen by the SRA is from the email “email@example.com” and provides a contact number of "+442033223480".
Any business or transactions using the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org” and the contact number "442033223480" are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or a firm or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, the address for which is Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG. The firm can be contacted on 0207 374 8000. The firm has confirmed that it has no connection to the emails referred to in the above alert.
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.