Warning: Fraudulent emails misusing the names Glaisyers Solicitors and Glaisyers LLP
24 May 2019
Accounts staff at businesses have been duped into paying money to bank accounts which are not those of a genuine firm of solicitors.
What is the scam?
Staff within several businesses have received what appeared to be internal emails from their senior management (but which were not genuine emails), requesting that money be sent to a bank account purportedly of 'Glaisyers Solicitors'.
It appears that falsified 'phishing' emails have been sent within the businesses, supposedly from a senior executive at the business (but actually from a different email address). Email exchanges seen by the SRA begin with a member of staff in the accounts department being asked about same day payments, before the supposed (but fake) email from the senior executive sends details of a payment purportedly due to 'Glaisyers Solicitors'.
In the emails and documents seen by the SRA the bank details provided vary but these particular requests for payment were not genuine. On further enquiry, staff at some businesses were sent a bogus invoice that misuses the name, logo and address of Glaisyers LLP (see below in relation to genuine firms).
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates the following genuine firms of solicitors:
Glaisyers LLP (SRA ID: 564264) of 10 Rowchester Court, Printing House Street, Birmingham, B4 6DZ, whose genuine website address is "www.glaisyers.co.uk".
Glaisyers Solicitors LLP (SRA ID: 487118) of One St James’s Square, Manchester, Lancashire, M2 6DN, whose genuine website address is "www.glaisyers.com".
Glaisyers (SRA ID: 71806) of 4 Bolebridge Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7PA, whose genuine website address is "www.glaisyers.net".
All of the genuine firms above have confirmed that they have no 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.