Warning: Emails claiming to be from "Almont Solicitors LLP"
5 November 2020
Emails appearing to be from "Almont Solicitors LLP", misusing the domain name "sunrisesolicitors․co․uk"
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent to members of the public that appear as if the sender is "Almont Solicitors LLP", headed "Signed Contract and Revised Sales Memorandum" and inviting the recipients to view documents through a link. A concern is that the emails or link may contain malware.
The emails seen by the SRA were both sent to members of the public around 9:25am on 26 October 2020. Although both emails claim to be from "Almont Solicitors LLP", they appear to be sent from and misuse the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" (see below in relation to a genuine firm using this domain name).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm called "Almont Solicitors LLP".
Any business or transactions through "Almont Solicitors LLP", or emails claiming to be from "Almont Solicitors LLP" are not undertaken by a firm 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 Sunrise Solicitors Limited. The genuine firm uses email addresses with the domain name "@sunrisesolicitors.co.uk". However, the genuine firm has confirmed that it does not have an employee with the email address "email@example.com", and that the firm does not have any genuine or intended connection to the emails referred to in the above alert.
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.