Warning: Emails sent from "email@example.com"
30 September 2019
An email has been sent using the name of a genuine solicitor
What is the scam?
An email has been sent misusing the name of a genuine solicitor (see below).
The email referred to the SRA appears to have been sent to a staff member at the genuine firm (see below). The email is sent from "firstname.lastname@example.org"
The sender requests a favour from the recipient and asks for a response.
The SRA has been informed that, following a response to the above, a second email is then sent from the same address which requests that the recipient purchase gift vouchers for the sender.
Any business or transactions through the above email address are not undertaken by a solicitors practice authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Savas & Savage Solicitors Limited.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Savas Argirou (SRA ID: 28420). Mr Argirou is a solicitor and the managing director at Savas & Savage Solicitors Limited. The genuine email address for Mr Argirou is; 'email@example.com'.
Mr Savas Argirou has confirmed to the SRA that he does not have any connection to the emails 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.