Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name of 'Ince Gordon Dadds LLP' and 'John Biles'

11 December 2020

Emails have been sent misusing the name and contact details of 'Ince Gordon Dadds LLP' and 'John Biles'.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been advised that an email was sent to various individuals falsely claiming to be from 'John Biles' of Ince Gordon Dadds LLP, in relation to an outlook voice message.

The email seen by the SRA had the subject heading 'Project-Ince’. The email appears to be sent from 'John Biles’ and contains a link named ‘view message’. A concern is that the link may contain malware if opened.

We understand that the relevant emails appear to have all been sent on 03 November 2020 at around 11:48 UK time. The emails appeared as if sent from a genuine email address used by the genuine firm (see below).

The SRA has been advised that the emails misused the contact details of a genuine firm (see below).

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors Ince Gordon Dadds LLP. The head office is based at Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8QN and the firm’s website address is www.incegd.com.

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine individual called John Biles, who is a member at the genuine firm. His genuine email address is johnbiles@incegd.com.

The genuine firm of Ince Gordon Dadds LLP has confirmed that neither the firm or their member John Biles have any genuine and intended connection to the emails referred to in the alert above.

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.