Warning: Emails misusing the name "Alfred Newton Solicitors"
7 August 2020
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from a senior partner at Alfred Newtown Solicitors.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from “Anthony Penman, Solicitor and Senior Partner” at Alfred Newton Solicitors.
The emails seen by the SRA appear to be sent from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org", and ask the recipients to confirm receipt of the email.
Any business or transactions through the email address "email@example.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor’s practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine solicitor called Anthony Penman. He is a Senior Partner at the genuine firm of Alfred Newton Solicitors.
Anthony Penman’s genuine email addresses is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine firm Alfred Newton Solicitors has confirmed that nor it or the genuine Mr Anthony Penman 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.