Warning: Email misusing the name of Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP which may contain a link to malware if opened
3 March 2020
Emails have been sent claiming to be from "David Gillibrand", from "Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP" which may contain a link to malware if opened.
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent, claiming to be from "David Gillibrand", from "Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP" which may contain a link or several links to malware if opened.
The subject heading of the email seen by the SRA is "please review". The email appears to be sent from "David Gillibrand", using an email address of "email@example.com" and requests the recipient to open the attachments to supposedly view secure attachments.
A concern is that the attachment may contain malware if opened.
The email misuses the name of genuine solicitor and the name and contact details of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
Any business or transactions using the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" are not undertaken by a firm of solicitors 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 Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP. The registered head office is based at 16 Castle Park, Lancaster, LA1 1YG. The contact telephone number is 01524 846846 and fax number is 01524 382247.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called David Gillibrand who is a Senior Partner at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP. His genuine email addresses are email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
The genuine Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand LLP and David Gillibrand have confirmed they have no connection to the email referred to the 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.