Warning: Email misusing the name CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
19 November 2020
An email has been sent claiming to be from "CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP" regarding a supposed "M&A transaction".
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed a member of the public has received an email from an individual claiming to be a "Senior Associate" at "CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP".
The SRA understands the matter relates to a "M&A transaction". The email provides a "Non-Disclosure Agreement". The email was sent using an email address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" and provides a telephone contact number of "+44 7537 167828".
The email misuses the name of a genuine firm of solicitors and the name of a genuine solicitor. (see below).
Any business or transactions through email address of "email@example.com" or the telephone number of"+44 7537 167828" 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 CMS Cameron Mckenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, which has multiple genuine offices. The telephone number is 02073673000. The firm website is at cms.law/en/gbr/.
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Valentina Keys who is employed at CMS Cameron Mckenna Nabarro Olswang LLP.
CMS Cameron Mckenna Nabarro Olswang LLP and Valentina Keys have confirmed that they have no 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.