Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name of Oliver Hughes

30 January 2020

Emails have been sent misusing the name of Oliver Hughes regarding a voicemail and providing links which may contain malware if opened.

What is the scam?

Emails have been sent misusing the name of a genuine solicitor (see below), regarding a voicemail and providing links which may contain malware if opened.

The emails were sent to numerous businesses and informed the recipients that they had received a voicemail from the genuine solicitor and provided links to 'review file/listen/record audio'. There is a concern that these links may contain malware if opened.

The emails state the caller's telephone number is 02 1952 235***

The emails sent to the business purporting to be from the genuine solicitor were sent from the genuine solicitor's email address (see below).

Any business or transactions through the telephone number 02 1952 235*** are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA regulates and authorises a genuine solicitor called Oliver Hughes who works at Hughes Legal Limited. The genuine email address for Oliver Hughes is oliver@hugheslegal.co.uk and the genuine telephone number is 07793 212445.

The genuine firm and the genuine Oliver Hughes have confirmed that they have no genuine or intended connection to the email referred to 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.