Alerts

Warning: Emails falsely claiming to be from Broomfields Solicitors LLP

23 December 2016

An email has been sent to a law firm, falsely claiming to be from Mark J Anderson of Broomfields Solicitors LLP, in relation to a memorandum of sale.

What is the scam?

An email has been sent to a law firm, falsely claiming to be from Mark J Anderson of Broomfields Solicitors LLP, in relation to a memorandum of sale.

The SRA has been informed that a law firm has received an email falsely claiming to be from Mark J Anderson of Broomfields Solicitors LLP. The content relates to a memorandum of sale and encloses contract documentation.

The email appears to have been sent from "Broomfields Solicitors", but has actually been sent from the email address "visionxplorerconsult@gmail.com".

The SRA is aware that this email has also been sent from the email address "olaide29@gmail.com".

The email provides the genuine address, fax number, website address and SRA number for the genuine firm. It also provides the telephone number 01455 559666.

Any business or transactions through the email addresses "visionxplorerconsult@gmail.com" and "olaide29@gmail.com" or the telephone number 01455 559666, are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Update – 13 January 2017

The SRA has been informed that further emails have been sent, as described above, from the email addresses "gbuswoods@gmail.com", "scofieldtm005@gmail.com" and "nikkypsven@gmail.com".

Any business or transactions through the email addresses "gbuswoods@gmail.com", "scofieldtm005@gmail.com" and "nikkypsven@gmail.com", are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Broomfields Solicitors LLP is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. The address for the genuine Broomfields Solicitors LLP is Eden House, 8 St. John's Business Park, Rugby Road. Lutterworth, Leicestershire, LE17 4HB. The telephone number is 01455 559 444, fax number is 01455 203 292, website address is www.broomfields.uk.com, and SRA number is 520576.

Mark J Anderson is a genuine solicitor who is authorised and regulated by the SRA and is a member at Broomfields Solicitors LLP.

The genuine firm and the genuine Mark J Anderson have confirmed that they have no connection to the email referred to 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.