Alerts

Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from Halden Solicitors LLP

6 November 2020

Emails are being sent falsely claiming to be from "Halden Solicitors LLP"

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that emails have been sent falsely claiming to be from "Halden Solicitors LLP". We understand the emails claim to enclose a ‘Memorandum of Sale’ document relating to a sale of a property.

The SRA has also been informed that the emails include the contact number for a genuine firm of solicitors (see below). The email appears to be sent from ‘Halden Solicitors LLP’ but were in fact sent from the email address "afonsos@equitysolicitors.co.uk" .

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a firm of solicitors called "Halden Solicitors LLP".

Any business or transaction through "Halden Solicitors LLP" and "afonsos@equitysolicitors.co.uk" are not from a solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate Edward Halden who is a Solicitor at the genuine firm of Clarke Willmott LLP. Edward Halden’s genuine contact number is 0345 209 1313 and his genuine email address is Edward.Halden@clarkewillmott.com.

The genuine Clarke Wilmott LLP and genuine solicitor Edward Halden have confirmed they have no connection to the email referred to in the above alert.

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Equity Solicitors whose genuine emails end with the domain name "@equitysolicitors.co.uk".  The genuine firm of Equity Solicitors has confirmed that it does not employ anyone called "Afonsos" and that it has no genuine connection email 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.