Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from "Gary Mains" of Barton Solicitors
13 August 2020
Emails are being sent falsely claiming to be from "Gary Mains" of Barton Solicitors referring to a revised memorandum of sale and an overdue invoice.
What is the scam?
The emails seen by the SRA are headed "revised memorandum of sale and overdue invoice" and invite the recipient to "view secured document" by clicking on a link in the main body of the email.
The email appears to have originated from Bartons Solicitors LLP however the email address given is "firstname.lastname@example.org."
A concern is that the link may contain malware if opened.
Any business or transactions carried out by "Gary Mains" of "email@example.com" are not undertaken by a firm or by a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA regulated a genuine firm of solicitors called Barton Solicitors LLP. The firm closed in 2012. The firm’s address was Falkland Way, Barton-Upon-Humber, South Humberside, DN18 5RL.
The SRA regulated a genuine firm of solicitors called Thomas Legal Limited. The firm closed in 2015. The firm’s address was 42-44 Market Place, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1LT.
The SRA does regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Bartons.co.uk Limited. The firm’s head office address is 20 Fore Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1NZ.
Bartons.co.uk Limited have confirmed that they have no 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.