Warning: Emails and letters misusing the name of Glaisyers LLP
6 June 2019
Correspondence has been sent misusing the name of Glaisyers LLP and its employee, Adele Flett.
What is the scam?
Emails and letters have been sent misusing the name and details of Glaisyers LLP and its employee, Adele Flett (see below).
The SRA has been informed that individuals, including clients, have received bogus emails claiming to be from Adele Flett of the genuine firm of Glaisyers LLP (see below). The emails seen by the SRA appear as if sent from a genuine individual, requesting payment of deposit funds and including an attached letter providing supposed bank details for the money to be paid into. One of the emails seen by the SRA provides a "Reply-To" email address of "email@example.com". The attached letter appears to misuse the genuine firm’s letterhead and contact details.
The scam appears to be intercepting email chains and then providing false bank details.
Any business or transaction through the above email address, or emails suggesting a reply to the above email address, is not undertaken by an individual or firm authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm called Glaisyers LLP (SRA ID: 564264) of 10 Rowchester Court, Printing House Street, Birmingham, B4 6DZ. Their genuine telephone number is 0121 233 2971 and their website address is "www.glaisyers.co.uk".
The firm of Glaisyers LLP have confirmed that they do have an employee called Adele Flett, who is an Associate Legal Executive, whose genuine email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm of Glaisyers LLP, and the genuine Adele Flett, have confirmed that they have no intended and genuine connection to the scam emails and documents 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.