Warning: Emails misusing the name of Percy Short & Cuthbert
7 May 2019
Emails have been sent, falsely claiming to be from "Percy Short & Cuthbert" containing a link to a shared file.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent to another firm of solicitors, falsely claiming to be from "Percy Short & Cuthbert" containing a link to open a shared file. The email refers to a revised completion statement which states that the stamp duty amount has been included and provides an appointment date for signing of documents. It invites the recipient to view the attachment.
A concern is that the attached link may contain malware if opened.
The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from an individual called "Jantakan Yotaka" from an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The email misuses the name, registered postal address, website address and telephones and fax contact numbers for a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm by the name of Percy Short & Cuthbert Solicitors. The registered postal address is 608 Holloway Road London N19 3PH. The website is at www.percyshort.co.uk. The telephone number is 020 7700 0265 and the fax is 020 7607 2489. The direct telephone number 020 7697 4971 is a genuine direct contact number of the firm’s senior partner.
The genuine firm Percy Short & Cuthbert Solicitors has confirmed that it has no connection to the email referred to in the alert 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.