Warning: Email using the name RBS Solicitors
11 July 2019
The SRA has been informed that an email has been sent using the name "RBS Solicitors" in relation to a revised contract and sales memorandum.
What is the scam?
An email has been sent using the name "RBS Solicitors" in relation to a revised contract and sales memorandum.
The email seen by the SRA is sent from David Mark on behalf of "RBS Solicitors." The email contains a link to a secured message purporting to be a revised contract and sales memorandum which expired on 7 July 2019. There is a concern that the link may contain malware if opened.
The email was sent from the email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org' to another company.
The SRA does not authorise and regulate any individual by the name of David Mark, or a firm of solicitors called "RBS Solicitors."
Any business or transactions through the email address and name listed above are not undertaken by an authorised solicitors practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Update 7/12/2019 12:00:00 AM
The SRA has also been informed that an almost identical email has been sent to another company again regarding a revised contract and sales memorandum. The email contains a link which may contain malware if opened.
This particular email was sent by "Greenall Solicitors LLP" from the email address "email@example.com."
The SRA does not authorise and regulate a firm of solicitors with the name "Greenall Solicitors LLP".
Any business or transaction through the email address listed above is not undertaken by a solicitors practice authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does not authorise and regulate any individual or firm with the names listed above.
The SRA authorises and regulates a number of individuals with the name David Marks, none of whom are believed to be connected to the matters set out 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.