Warning: Invoice misusing the name of Jacqueline Craig
21 June 2019
An invoice has been sent misusing the name of Jacqueline Craig in relation to the payment of a service fee.
What is the scam?
An invoice has been sent misusing the name of a genuine solicitor (see below) in relation to payments of a service fee.
The invoice seen by the SRA provides the name 'Jacqueline Craig LLP' and provides the address of a genuine firm (see below). The invoice also provides the telephone number '+441618503770'.
The invoice requests a payment of £14,280 for professional services rendered for the period ending May 2019 and provides bank details for Bank of Scotland, asking for payment to be made to Jacqueline Craig LLP.
The bill is made to a genuine individual at City of London Group. The SRA understands that the genuine individual’s email address was then spoofed. An email was sent to City of London Group on behalf of the genuine individual, requesting for payment to be made. The other visible sender of this email was from the email address 'email@example.com'. The City of London Group identified this invoice as fraudulent.
Any business or transactions through Jacqueline Craig LLP, the telephone number and email address set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or by an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor by the name of Jacqueline Craig who works at a genuine firm of solicitors called Lightfoots LLP. Lightfoots LLP’s genuine address for their head office is 1-3 High Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2BX and genuine telephone number is 01844212305.
Jacqueline Craig and Lightfoots LLP have confirmed to the SRA that they have no connection to the matters set out above.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate the City of London Group but understands that organisation is not connected to the scam mentioned above.
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.