Warning: Emails misusing the details of Linklaters LLP
21 December 2020
Emails have been sent using the domains "linklatar․com" or "linklatars․com", misusing the name of Linklaters LLP
What is the scam?
Individuals at companies or organisations have received emails that falsely claim to be from a solicitor and use the domain name "@linklatar.com" (or "@linklatars.com"). The emails misuse the name of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below, please note the mis-spelling of that firm’s name in the scam email domain names).
The emails seen by the SRA relate to a supposedly unpaid invoice, purport to be sent from senior staff at Linklaters LLP and seek to direct the recipient to liaise with the sender of the scam email with the aim of securing payment of the supposed invoice.
Any business or transactions through any email address with the domains "@linklatar.com" or "@linklatars.com" are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice authorised and regulated by the SRA, or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Linklaters LLP, whose head office is at One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ
Genuine emails from Linklaters LLP use the domain "@linklaters.com"
The genuine firm of Linklaters LLP has confirmed that neither the firm nor any of its solicitors have any genuine 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.