Like many other reputable law firms, Absolute Solicitors has been made aware of a number of scams that may use the name of the firm and/or staff without permission.
Solicitors can be targeted in connection with fraudulent schemes, including fraudulent emails, letters or phone calls. These scams may take many forms and are subject to constant change. In some cases, they may be seeking personal or confidential information, in others they may be requesting advance payment or debt settlement. Recent examples include the following:
INHERITANCE/ADVANCE FEE FRAUD
If you have received an email informing you that a relative has died and you may be able to claim an "abandoned investment", this is likely to be part of a scam. Typically, the fraudsters will ask for an "advance fee", or similar, to release the non-existent monies.
BILL PAYMENT FRAUD
Clients of law firms have been targeted by fraudsters who are informing the clients that the law firm’s bank details have changed and request that future settlement of the law firm’s bills is made to the new (ie the fraudster’s) account. Absolute Solicitors sets out payment details for settlement of bills at the foot of its invoices and client care letters when confirming instructions. Any notification or request suggesting our payment details have changed will not, therefore, have come from Absolute Solicitors.
Please report any scams involving the firm or use of our name to firstname.lastname@example.org, or, if you are a client, by speaking to your usual contact at Absolute Solicitors. Always exercise caution in relation to unexpected or unusual communications, particularly where they exhibit any of the above features.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) publishes scam alerts to advise the public when the name of a SRA regulated entity is being misused. Full details all scam alerts can be found at www.sra.org.uk/consumers/scam-alerts/.
We recommend that you report fraudulent correspondence to your email or telephone provider and do not respond to it. You can also report the incident to Action Fraud UK or your local police service.