Alerts

Warning: Emails from "Verdex Solicitors LLP"

4 December 2017

Emails have been sent to law firms claiming to be from "Verdex Solicitors LLP" in relation to a memorandum of sale.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that law firms have received emails claiming to be from "Verdex Solicitors LLP". These emails contain an attachment which is described as a memorandum of sale. A concern is that the attachment may contain malware if opened.

These emails claim to have been sent by "Daniel Rossy" or "Salah Samhouri" of "Verdex Solicitors LLP". The emails have been sent from a number of email addresses including:

  • "albanhorncastle@sanderssolicitors.co.uk"
  • "daniel.rossy@verdexsolcitors.com"
  • "daniel.rossy@sanderssolicitor.co.uk"
  • "ssamhouri@sabaip.com"

The emails give an address for "Verdex Solicitors LLP" as Bordeuax House, Main Street, London, Tottenham. The email also provides the telephone number 01 451 8557 and the fax number 01 351 8889.

The SRA has previously published a scam alert about "Verdex Solicitors LLP".

The SRA does not authorise or regulate any firm called "Verdex Solicitors LLP", or any individuals named "Daniel Rossy" and "Salah Samhouri".

Any business or transactions carried out by "Verdex Solicitors LLP", "Daniel Rossy", "Salah Samhouri" or through the contact details listed above, are not undertaken by a genuine solicitor's practice or an individual authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

Sanders Solicitors is a genuine firm authorised and regulated by the SRA. The genuine firm have confirmed that it has no connection to the emails 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.