Warning: Email from "Albertino Solicitors LLP"
21 May 2019
An email has been sent to a member of the public claiming to be from "Albertino Solicitors LLP", sending a link which may contain malware if opened.
What is the scam?
An email has been sent to a member of the public which claims to be from a firm of solicitors called "Albertino Solicitors LLP".
The email seen by the SRA has been sent from 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and the subject of the email is 'Revised Sales Memorandum and Contract.pdf via Sharefile Expires- 05/14/2019'. The body of the email informs the recipient that they have 'received a secured message', and that to view the message the recipient needs to click on a link which then requires them to login with their email address and password.
A concern is that the link may contain malware if opened.
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Albertino Solicitors LLP". Any business or transactions through the website or through the contact details set out above are not undertaken by a solicitor’s firm regulated by the SRA.
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.