Warning: Emails misusing the name of James Burrows of MFB Solicitors
18 November 2020
Emails have been sent misusing the name of James Burrows of MFB Solicitors
What is the scam?
We have been notified that various individuals received emails that misuse the name of James Burrows of MFB Solicitors. The copy email seen by the SRA provides a link to a PDF marked "MFB Proposal" and asked that it be reviewed. A concern is that the link to the attachment may contain malware.
We understand that the relevant emails appear to have all been sent on 02 November 2020 at around 11:00am UK time.
The emails appeared as if sent from the genuine email address of James Burrows of MFB Solicitors ("email@example.com" - see below), but were not genuinely sent by Mr Burrows.
Any business or transactions through, or arising from, the specific emails referred to above (i.e. from 2 November 2020) are not genuinely 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 MFB Solicitors, whose head office address is Fishmongers' Chambers, 1 Fishmongers' Hall Wharf, London, EC4R 3AE.
The genuine firm uses email addresses with the domain name "m-f-b.co.uk".
The genuine firm employs a genuine solicitor called Jamie (James) Burrows, whose genuine email address is "firstname.lastname@example.org"
The genuine firm of MFB Solicitors has confirmed that neither the firm or their employee James Burrows have any genuine and intended connection to the emails referred to in the alert 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.