Alerts

Warning: Emails misusing the name Fidler & Pepper Solicitors

8 March 2017

An email has been sent to law firms falsely claiming to be from "Naomi Mather" of Fidler & Pepper Solicitors, in relation to a conveyancing matter.

What is the scam?

The SRA has been informed that a number of law firms have received an email from "Naomi Mather" at Fidler & Pepper Solicitors. The email directs the recipient to open an attachment, which appears to relate to a conveyancing matter. There is a concern is that the attachment may contain malware if opened.

The emails seen by the SRA appear to have been sent from "Fidler & Pepper Solicitors", but have actually been sent from email addresses: "joyuwerhiauwe.gmail.com" and "kolawoleakomolafe@gmail.com".

The emails seen by the SRA misuse the website of a genuine firm of solicitors (see below).

Any business or transactions carried out through the email addresses 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?

Fidler & Pepper is a genuine firm which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. Fidler & Pepper uses the trading name of Fidler & Pepper Solicitors.

The website for the genuine firm is www.fidler.co.uk.

The genuine firm has confirmed that it does employ a person called Naomi Mather. The genuine firm has also confirmed that it has no connection to the emails 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.