Warning: Email misusing the name of Dechert LLP
2 March 2021
An email has been sent using the domain 'dechertt․com', that falsely claims to be from Dechert LLP
What is the scam?
An email has been sent falsely claiming to be from Camille Abousleiman of Dechert LLP.
The email seen by the SRA requests the recipient sends an advance instalment of £50,000 to complete an agreement to alternative bank information.
The email was sent from the email address 'email@example.com' (please note the extra t in Dechert).
The email signature also misuses the genuine office address, contact telephone numbers, and website of a genuine firm of solicitors, and a genuine email address of a genuine employee of the firm (see below for genuine details).
Any business or transactions undertaken through the email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org' (or any email using the domain '@dechertt.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 Dechert LLP. The firm’s genuine email domain is @dechert.com.
The genuine firm has confirmed that it employs an individual called Camille Abousleiman. His genuine email address is email@example.com.
The genuine firm of Dechert LLP has confirmed that neither the firm nor their genuine Camille Abousleiman 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.