Overview of scam activity
Our round up highlights the latest high-risk scams for both members of the public and solicitors.
We want to help people make well-informed choices about using legal services. As well as supporting solicitors to help keep their firm safe.
In the last three months, from 1 December 2021 to 28 February 2022, we have published 50 scam alerts.
We have set out below a summary of the different platforms that have been used in these scams.
Inheritance/Entitlement to money
8 alerts in 3 months. Examples include:
- Emails misusing the name of McKenzie Law Limited
- Emails misusing the name of Ashurst LLP
- Emails have been sent misusing the name of Heringtons LLP
9 alerts in 3 months. Examples include:
- Emails misusing the name of Elite Law Solicitors Limited
- Email misusing the name of Dominic Pisano of Dominic Levent Solicitors
- Email misusing the name of Peter Felton Gerber of Feltons Law
20 alerts in 3 months. Examples include:
- Emails misusing the name of James Saunders and 'Saunders & Partners LLP and Saunders Law'
- Website profile for a 'law firm' called 'Chun Lam Solicitors'
- Website profile for a 'law firm' called 'Russell James Robert Daw'
Other: for example, telephone calls or documents
13 alerts in 3 months. Examples include:
What you should do
Members of the public
- You should check any unexpected correspondence received is genuine (particularly correspondence asking you to provide personal information, funds or informing you of new bank details), by contacting the law firm directly by reliable and established means.
- You can contact us to find out if a solicitor or law firm are regulated and authorised by the SRA.
- You may also need to independently verify details, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) in some circumstances.
Solicitors and law firms
Here are some useful resources to help keep your firm safe.
Last updated: April 2022 | Next update due: July 2022