Warning: Emails sent from “firstname.lastname@example.org”
10 September 2019
Emails have been sent using the email address “email@example.com” misusing the name and address of Mills & Reeve LLP
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent using the email address “firstname.lastname@example.org”, misusing the name and a branch office address of a genuine firm (see below).
The emails seen by the SRA relate to supposedly helping with the incorporation of a company in the UK, and provide bank details requesting a payment of £7,560 to an account that appears to be based in the United States of America.
Any business or transaction through the above email address is 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 Mills & Reeve LLP, whose head office address is 4th Floor, Monument Place, 24 Monument Street, London, EC3R 8AJ.
Mills & Reeve LLP also has several branch offices, including one at 1 City Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2ES.
The genuine general email address for Mills & Reeve LLP is email@example.com and the firm’s email addresses end with the domain name “@mills-reeve.com”
Mills & Reeve LLP has confirmed that it 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.