Warning: Emails misusing the name of EMG Solicitors Limited
23 November 2020
Emails misusing the name of EMG Solicitors Limited, from email addresses using slightly altered domain names.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent from email addresses ending "@emgsolicitor.com" (with no 's' at the end of solicitor) and from an email address ending "@emgsoiicitors.com" (with no 'l' in the middle of solicitors).
The emails seen by the SRA request that the recipients transfer monies into an "emg trust account".
Any such emails misuse the name of a genuine firm and its employees (see below).
Any business or transaction through email addresses ending "@emgsolicitor.com" (with no 's' at the end of solicitor), or "@emgsoiicitors.com" (with no 'l' in the middle of solicitors), are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called EMG Solicitors Limited. Its head office address is Units 1 and 2 Abbey House, Abbeywoods Business Park, Durham, DH1 5TH.
The firm’s genuine telephone number is 0191 500 6989 and its website is www.emgsolicitors.com. The firm uses the domain name “@emgsolicitors.com” for its genuine email addresses.
The genuine firm of EMG Solicitors Limited has confirmed that neither the firm or its employees have any genuine and intended connection to 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.