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Warning: Email misusing the name Sriharans Solicitors

An email has been sent, falsely claiming to be from Sriharans Solicitors, containing an attachment and a link.

What is the scam?

The SRA has received a report that an email has been sent to a law firm, claiming to be from Miles Sriharan of Sriharans Solicitors, containing an attached document and a link to “view document”.

A concern is that the attachment / link may contain a virus or malware if opened.

The email seen by the SRA was headed “View Attached For Your Refference”. The body of the email invites the recipient to view the attachment and revert back to the sender shortly.

The email appears to have been sent from “enquiries@exeter-planning.co.uk”. Any business or transactions through the email address enquiries@exeter-planning.co.uk are not undertaken by a solicitor's firm authorised and regulated by the SRA.

Is there a genuine firm or person?

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine firm of solicitors called Sriharans Solicitors. The genuine email address for the firm is info@sriharanssolicitors.co.uk.

The SRA authorises and regulates a genuine solicitor called Miles Ajit Sriharan who is an Associate at the genuine firm of Sriharans Solicitors.

Both the genuine firm Sriharans Solicitors and the genuine Miles Ajit Sriharan have confirmed that they have no connection to the email referred to in the above alert.

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.

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