Warning: Emails misusing the details of Thorne Segar Limited and one of their employees
5 June 2019
Emails have been sent misusing the name of Ella Farmer of Thorne Segar Limited, sending a link which may contain malware.
What is the scam?
Bogus emails have been sent to genuine firms and members of the public, particularly we understand on 20 or 21 May 2018, claiming to be from a genuine individual (Ella Farmer) from the genuine firm of Thorne Segar Limited (see below) and providing a link to an attachment.
The email seen by the SRA was entitled "Urgent Notice, FYI" and included an attachment which the reader was asked to review. A concern is that the link may contain malware.
The email appears as if it were sent by the genuine individual and misuses the genuine contact details of the genuine firm (see below).
A concern is that the link may contain malware.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Thorne Segar Limited (SRA ID: 534305) whose registered address is 3 Bancks Street, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 5DE. The firm's telephone number is 01643 703 234, their fax number is 01643 704 697 and their website is www.thornesegar.co.uk.
The genuine firm have confirmed that they do employ an individual called Ella Farmer, whose genuine email address is email@example.com.
Both the genuine Thorne Segar Limited and the genuine Ella Farmer have confirmed they have no intended and genuine 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.