Warning: Email misusing the name of Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt Solicitors
21 June 2019
Emails have been sent misusing the identity of Jen Finch of Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt Solicitors.
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Jen Finch of Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt Solicitors. The email seen by the SRA asks the recipient to review an "updated version of the proposed deed, contract, board package and proprietary lease" and was sent from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The email footer also misuses the details of the genuine firm (see below).
Any business or transaction through the email address "email@example.com" is not undertaken by a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt, whose head office is at 19-20 Gold Tops, Newport, Gwent, NP20 4PH.
The SRA authorises and regulates two solicitors called Jennifer Finch, including one (known as Jen Finch) who is a partner and Head of Conveyancing at Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt. Her genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm and the genuine Jen Finch of that firm have confirmed that they have no connection with the emails referred to in the above alert.
The other genuine solicitor called Jennifer Finch works at a completely separate firm and is not believed to have any connection to the above matters.
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.