Warning: Emails misusing the name of an employee of Punch Robson
14 January 2021
Emails have been sent misusing the name of an employee of Punch Robson.
What is the scam?
We understand that emails have been sent purporting to be from Alison Vines, an employee of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).
It is understood that one of the emails sent provided alternative banking details and requested the recipient to transfer funds to it.
The emails were sent from "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Any business or transactions through the above email address, or any email address using that domain name, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or by an individual authorised and regulated by the SRA (see below for similar domain names used by the genuine firm).
Is there a genuine firm or person?
The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Punch Robson, whose genuine website address is: www.punchrobson.co.uk.
The genuine firm has an employee in its Residential Conveyancing Department named Alison Vines, whose genuine email address ends with @punchrobson.law. Employees of the firm have e-mail accounts with the domain names punchrobson.co.uk and punchrobson.law.
Both the genuine firm of Punch Robson and the genuine Alison Vines have confirmed they have no 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.