Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from "Androx Solicitors LLP"
3 November 2020
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Androx Solicitors LLP"
What is the scam?
Emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from Androx Solicitors LLP, misusing the name of an employee of a former genuine firm of solicitors.
The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from the email address "email@example.com" and is headed "Signed Contract and Revised Sales Memorandum (Expires :10/29/2020)". The email asks the recipient to click on a link to review documents.
A concern is that the link may contain malware if opened.
Any business or transactions through "Androx Solicitors LLP" or the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org", 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 authorised and regulated a genuine firm of solicitors called Crumplins Solicitors until it closed in 2019 and was incorporated into Spector Constant & Williams Limited.
The genuine firm of Spector Constant & Williams Limited employs a licensed conveyancer called Lisa Wicks, whose genuine email address was email@example.com at Crumplins Solicitors, and is now Lisa.Wicks@scwlegal.co.uk at Spector Constant & Williams Limited.
The genuine firm of Spector Constant & Williams Limited has confirmed that neither it nor the genuine Lisa Wicks have any 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.