Warning: Emails misusing the name and details of Simpson Millar LLP
14 November 2019
Emails have been sent claiming to be from Simpson Millar LLP providing what would appear to be fraudulent banking details.
What is the scam?
The emails appear to have been sent from the following email addresses; "Afshana.email@example.com," "Yasmindaccas.firstname.lastname@example.org," "Jamuna.email@example.com," "Adetola.firstname.lastname@example.org," and "Ed.email@example.com." Another email address which has been used is "Louise.Celaire@simpsonmillars.co.uk."
The emails seen by the SRA provide bank details requesting payment of various amounts. The account names provided are "B.K Limited", "Gabor Solution Limited" and "ECIE Simpson Millar limited".
Any business or transactions through the above email addresses are not undertaken by an authorised solicitors’ practice.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Simpson Millar LLP. Its head office is at 21-27 St Pauls Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JG. It has genuine branch offices at 100 Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester, M16 0PG. Also in Bristol, Cardiff, Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester. The genuine website for the firm is; www.simpsonmillar.co.uk.
The genuine firm of Simpson Millar LLP does have genuine solicitor called Afshana Ullah. The genuine email address for Afshana Ullah is Afshana.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm also has the following employees, Yasmin Daccas, Jamuna Rajah, Ed Thomason and Louise Celaire
The SRA has been informed that Adetola Adeoba previously worked at the genuine firm on a temporary basis.
The genuine firm has confirmed the emails referred to above are not genuine and that it has no intended connection to the emails.
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.