Warning: Emails misusing the names of 'Christina Anthony' and 'Anthony Devonald Richards Solicitors'

26 March 2021

Emails were sent on 22 March 2021 that falsely purported to share a file from 'Chris Anthony' of 'Anthony Devonald Richards Solicitors'

What is the scam?

The SRA understands that, around 04:21 on 22 March 2021, emails were sent that falsely claiming to be from Chris Anthony of Devonald Richards Solicitors.

The emails appear to be sent from the former genuine email address of Christina Anthony and provide the contact details for a genuine firm of solicitors which is now closed (see below). The emails invite the recipient to download and open an attachment to access a message. A concern is that the link may contain malware and should not be accessed.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorised and regulated a genuine firm of solicitors called Anthony Devonald Richards Limited which was based at Unit 3, 2-4 Station Road, Llanelli SA15 1AB. The firm closed on 12 February 2021.

The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Christina Anthony.

Neither the genuine Anthony Devonald Richards Solicitors nor Christina Anthony are believed to have had 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.