Email from "Newbold & Co. Solicitors"
17 November 2016
An email has been sent to a law firm, from "Newbold & Co. Solicitors", in relation to a memorandum of property sale.
What is the scam?
The SRA has been informed that a law firm has received an email from "Samantha Iliff", claiming to be a partner at "Newbold & Co. Solicitors". The content relates to a memorandum of sale and attached contract documentation. The email has been sent from the email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" and misuses the genuine address, SRA ID and contact numbers of a genuine firm (see below).
The SRA does not authorise or regulate an individual called "Samantha Iliff", or a firm called "Newbold & Co. Solicitors". 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?
Newbold Solicitors is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA, whose genuine head office address is 12 Russell Street, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran NP44 1EA. The firm's genuine head office contact numbers are 01633 874715 (telephone) and 01633 867414 (fax) and it's genuine SRA ID number is 566885.
The genuine Newbold Solicitors has confirmed that it does not trade as or use the name "Newbold & Co. Solicitors" in correspondence, and it has no connection to the email referred to above or to an individual named "Samantha Iliff". The SRA ID and contact details of Newbold Solicitors have been misused without its authority.
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.