Warning: An email falsely claiming to be from Sabeeah Shaukat of Maher & Co

An email has been sent which falsely claims to be from Sabeeah Shaukat of Maher & Co, with an attachment that may be malicious.

What is the scam?

The SRA received an email with an attached document, which appears as if it is sent by Sabeeah Shaukat of Maher & Co Solicitors. However, in the footer of the email the senders’ name is spelt “Sabeeah Shauka”. 

The subject of the email is “Purchase Exchanges Memorandram of Sales” (sic) and the email invites the receiver to sign and return the attached document.

The email falsely appears to have been sent from a genuine email address at a genuine firm, however, the genuine solicitor has confirmed to the SRA that she was not the genuine or intended sender of that email (see section below).

The SRA does not authorise or regulate a solicitor called “Sabeeah Shauka” (but see below).

Any business or transactions through the specific correspondence referred to above are not undertaken by a solicitor authorised or regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA does authorise and regulate a genuine firm of solicitors called Maher and Co, who have offices at 19 York Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1SQ and The Coach House, Cippenham Lodge, Cippenham Lane, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 5AN. The SRA also authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor named Sabeeah Shaukat, who is employed at Maher and Co.

Sabeeah Shaukat confirmed to the SRA that she has no genuine connection to the correspondence 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.

Print page to PDF