Warning: Email misusing the name of Perry Hay & Co
2 July 2019
An email has been sent falsely claiming to be from Perry Hay & Co, claiming toprovide details of a "subsidiary" bank account.
What is the scam?
An email has been sent falsely claiming to be from Perry Hay & Co claiming to provide details of a "subsidiary" bank account.
The email seen by the SRA claims to be sent by "Henna Lynch", and was sent to a client of the genuine firm. The email has an attachment headed "Confirmation of Payment Instructions for PERRY HAY". The email asks that payment is "process to the attached bank information" set out in the attached document.
The email seen by the SRA was sent from the email address of 'firstname.lastname@example.org'. The email also copies in an individual using the address 'email@example.com'.
Any business or transaction using the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org’” or "email@example.com" are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Perry Hay & Co.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Henna Lynch, who is a partner at the genuine firm Perry Hay & Co, and whose genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Perry Hay & Co have also confirmed that they do employ a secretary called Susan Cromwell.
The genuine firm Perry Hay & Co has confirmed that neither it nor the genuine Henna Lynch or Susan Cromwell employed by it have any connection with the email referred to above. The genuine firm has also confirmed that it does not send bank details by email.
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.