Alerts

Warning: Email misusing the name of James Anderson of Doyle Clayton

7 April 2021

An email has been sent that falsely claims to be from James Anderson.

What is the scam?

An email has been sent falsely claiming to be from James Anderson of Doyle Clayton.

The email seen by the SRA was sent to a member of the public containing a 'secured document via Dropbox'. There is a concern that the document may contain malware.

The email was sent from the email address 'jamesanderson@lawfirm.com' (see below for genuine details).

Any business or transactions undertaken through the email address 'jamesanderson@lawfirm.com' (or any email using the domain '@lawfirm.com') are not undertaken by a firm or 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 Doyle Clayton. The firm’s genuine email domain is @doyleclayton.co.uk.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it employs a James Anderson. He is a Partner at the firm. His genuine email address is janderson@doyleclayton.co.uk.

The genuine firm of Doyle Clayton has confirmed that neither the firm nor their genuine James Anderson have any connection to the 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.