Emails falsely claiming to be from Verma & Co
19 December 2016
An email has been sent to a law firm, falsely claiming to be from Parveen Verma of Verma & Co, in relation to a memorandum of sale.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a law firm has received an email falsely claiming to be from Parveen Verma of Verma & Co. The content relates to a memorandum of sale and encloses contract documentation. The email appears to have been sent from "Verma & Co Solicitors", but has actually been sent from the email address "email@example.com".
Any business or transactions through the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org", are not undertaken by a solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.
Is there a genuine firm or person?
Verma & Co is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. Parveen Verma is a genuine solicitor who is authorised and regulated by the SRA and is the sole practitioner at Verma & Co.
The genuine Parveen Verma has confirmed that he and 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.