Warning: Emails misusing the name of Taylor Price Solicitors, which may contain a link to malware
27 November 2020
Emails have been sent misusing the name and contact details of Taylor Price Solicitors. The emails may contain a link to malware.
What is the scam?
We understand that an email was sent to various individuals claiming to be from 'Turjo' of Taylor Price Solicitors, in relation to a supposed 'refund'.
The email seen by the SRA had the subject heading 'PAYMENT- 1114134706'. The email appears to be sent from 'Turjo' and attached a document supposedly related to a 'BAC's refund'. A concern is that the attachment may contain malware if opened.
We understand that the relevant emails appear to have all been sent on 6 November 2020 at around 14:05 – 14:10pm UK time. The emails appeared as if sent from a genuine email address used by the genuine firm (firstname.lastname@example.org – see below). The emails were not genuinely and intentionally sent by the firm, but misused the firm’s contact details (see below).
Any business or transactions through, or arising from, the specific emails referred to above are not genuinely and intentionally 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 Taylor Price Legal Limited, which trades as Taylor Price Solicitors. The head office is based at 308 Moseley Road, Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 2LH and the firm’s website address is www.taylorprice.co.uk.
The genuine firm retains a generic email address of 'email@example.com' but has confirmed to the SRA that it has no genuine and intended connection to the emails referred to in the 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.