Warning: Emails misusing the firm name of Farrer & Co LLP
6 April 2021
Correspondence has been sent misusing the name Alan Baker of Farrer & Co LLP.
What is the scam?
We understand that an email has been sent to a member of the public claiming to be from 'Allan Baker' of 'Farrer & Co Solicitors'. (see below in relation to the genuine firm and solicitor).
The email seen by the SRA appears to have been sent from the email address 'email@example.com' and is in relation to a financial transaction. The email also references an attachment to the email. A concern is that the attachment may contain malware and should not be accessed.
The telephone number quoted in the email is 0778-151-4498.
Any business or transactions through the email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org' or telephone number 0778-151-4498 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 Farrer & Co LLP. The genuine firm uses email addresses that end with the domain name '@farrer.co.uk'.
The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Alan Baker, who is a Senior Associate at Farrer & Co LLP and whose genuine email address is 'email@example.com'.
The genuine telephone number for Farrer & Co LLP is 02033757000 and its genuine SRA number is 447822.
The genuine firm of Farrer & Co LLP has confirmed that neither it nor the genuine solicitor, Alan Baker, have any intended connection to the 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.