Warning: Emails misusing the name Brewer Wallace Ltd
1 March 2021
Correspondence has been sent misusing the name Jemma Tonkiss of Brewer Wallace Limited
What is the scam?
An email has been sent to a client of Brewer Wallace Ltd claiming to be from Jemma Tonkiss of Brewer Wallace Ltd (see below in relation to the genuine firm and solicitor).
The email seen by the SRA has been sent from the email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and is asking the recipient to confirm the availability of completion monies in order to be sent account details to transfer money.
The letter ‘S’ has been added following the word Wallace.
The SRA has been advised that an additional email was sent to the client with the account details however using a different firm of solicitors for the name of the account, namely Thomson Webb & Corfield Solicitors.
Any business or transactions through the email address 'email@example.com' 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 Brewer Wallace Limited. The genuine firm uses email addresses that end with the domain name '@brewerwallace.co.uk'
The genuine firm of Brewer Wallace Limited has confirmed that neither it nor the conveyancer at the firm, Jemma Tonkiss, have any connection to the emails referred to in the above alert.
The genuine firm of Brewer Wallace Limited has also confirmed that their IT systems have not been compromised.
The genuine firm of Thomson Webb & Corfield Solicitors has also confirmed that it does not have any 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.