Warning: Emails misusing the name of Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP
7 August 2020
Emails have been sent misusing the email footer / disclaimer of Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP, with an attachment which may be malicious.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent to various individuals which have misused the email footer / disclaimer of Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP, and within that email footer / disclaimer misusing the details of the genuine firm (see below) .
We understand that the emails contain an attachment, which may be malicious.
A copy email seen by the SRA claims to be sent from "Florence Craen" using the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org". The email includes an attachment referred to as a ‘pay report’, which may be malicious.
The body of the email does not claim that "Florence Craen" is directly connected to a firm of solicitors. However, the email misuses an email footer / disclaimer that is identical to that of the genuine firm. Within that footer / disclaimer, the email misuses the name, head office and website address, and an email address of the genuine firm (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor called "Florence Craen".
Any business or transactions through the email address "email@example.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor or firm authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP (trading as BLM).
The firm’s website is www.blmlaw.com, its head office is situated at Kings House, 42 King Street West, Manchester, M3 2NU and one of the firm’s genuine email addresses is "firstname.lastname@example.org".
The genuine firm of Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP has confirmed that it has no connection to the emails referred to in the above alert, and all genuine emails will come from addresses ending in the domain name "@blmlaw.com"
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.