Emails falsely claiming to be from Robert Simon & Co
22 December 2016
An email has been sent to a law firm falsely claiming to be from Robert Simon & Co in relation to pre-contract enquiries.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a law firm has received an email falsely claiming to be from Robert Simon & Co. The content relates to supposed replies to pre-contract enquiries and invites the recipient to open attached documentation. The email seen by the SRA falsely states it is from Robert Simon & Co and appears to have been sent from "Conveyancer", but has actually been sent from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org".
Any business or transactions through the email address "email@example.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?
Robert Simon & Co is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA.
The genuine Robert Simon & Co has confirmed that the firm 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.