2015 scam alerts

Bogus calls seeking card payment claiming to be from a law firm

6 November 2015

What’s the scam?

We’ve received a report that a client of Mitchells Roberts, a law firm in Glasgow, had been contacted by phone by a bogus caller claiming to be from the firm. The caller asked for card payment over the phone for services in relation to a will. The caller said it was a ‘limited time offer’.

When the client phoned their usual contact at Mitchells Roberts to check whether the call was genuine or not, they were assured that the call seeking payment did not come from the firm. 

What are we doing?

The police have been notified of this attempted scam.                           

What should you do?

It is very unusual for a law firm to seek payment over the phone, particularly if it’s for something not previously discussed or agreed.

If you are contacted by someone asking for card payment over the phone, be sure to check the call is genuine by phoning the firm back on a number different to the one used to contact you.

You should always be suspicious of calls out of the blue seeking immediate payment for services that you have not previously spoken to your solicitor about.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

 

Scam with false banks details being sent to solicitors’ clients

15 September 2015

What’s the scam?

We’ve been made aware of a scam where members of the public have received emails claiming to be from solicitors, providing false bank account details.

Members of the public who have instructed a genuine firm of solicitors, often during the purchase of a new property, have received emails claiming to be from their genuine firm of solicitors reporting that the firm's bank account details have recently changed.

The fraudulent emails, sent from a very similar email address to that of the genuine solicitor, ask the recipient to pay into the new bank account, often the deposit or completion payment for the purchase of their new home. 

What are we doing?

We are advising all Scottish firms to ensure they take steps to mitigate this risk.                                       

What should you do?

Contact your solicitor to verify their firm’s bank account details before sending any money to them, especially if you have unexpectedly received new bank account details.

You can check contact details for a firm or individual solicitor by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

Scam using the name 'Damian Alden Law Chambers'

7 July 2015

What’s the scam?

We’ve been made aware of a scam where a fraudulent firm of solicitors have copied the website of a genuine firm and are using their names and photographs in an attempt to deceive potential clients.

The scam firm is using the name ‘Damian Alden Law Chambers’ and claims to have an address at 64 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3QX and an email address of info@damianaldenchambers.com

The firms whose website they have copied is called Hughes Dowdall. This is a genuine firm of Scottish solicitors with offices in Glasgow.  

What are we doing?

The genuine firm are aware that they have been copied and the police have been notified.

                                       

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence reporting to be from ‘Damian Alden Law Chambers’

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

Scam using the name 'Thomas Oxford, ESQ.’

29 April 2015

What’s the scam?

We’ve been made aware of a scam involving a fake solicitor claiming to have an address in Edinburgh.

The scam is using the name ‘Thomas Oxford, ESQ.’ who claims to be President of Thomas Oxford Chambers with an address at 13A Alva Street, Edinburgh.

We’ve received reports that the fake solicitor has contacted individuals claiming to have represented their deceased relatives who have left money in a will.

Please note that there is a genuine firm of solicitors called Alexander Moffat & Co., WS operating from this address on Alva Street in Edinburgh.
 

What are we doing?

The genuine firm who operate from the address used have been notified and the police have been informed.

                                       

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence reporting to be from ‘‘Thomas Oxford, ESQ.’ or ‘Thomas Oxford Chambers’.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

Reappearance of scam using the name 'RTS Legal'

22 April 2015

What’s the scam?

It’s come to our attention that a scam firm, calling itself RTS Legal (also known as Road Traffic Specialists, also known as Legally Covered), is again trying to gain business from clients via their website.

Another website for this fake firm was previously taken down but has reappeared at http://roadspecialistlaw.co.uk

The website is using the staff photos and names from the website of a genuine firm based in England called Lupton Fawcett LLP.

We understand that the telephone number used on the bogus website (0843 886 6154) has been used by other scam firms purporting to be based in Scotland (www.blackfriarslegal.co.uk and www.carterlaa.co.uk).

 

 

What are we doing?

The firm whose website the scam is duplicating have been notified, as have the police.

 

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence or calls reporting to be from ‘RTS Legal, Blackfriars Legal or Carter Legal Associates.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

Scam using the name ‘DIT & BOOI LAW CHAMBERS’

13 April 2015

What’s the scam?

We have received a report of a fake law firm calling itself ‘DIT & BOOI LAW CHAMBERS’, which is asking the people it contacts to transfer money to their bank account. They claim the money is in return for services carried out.

The fake firm is falsely claiming to have an address at 26 Drumsheugh Gardens in Edinburgh. Below is an example of the letter head they are using in pieces of correspondence sent to potential targets.

 Scam Alert DIT BOOI LAW CHAMBERS

What are we doing?

We have been in contact with one of the potential targets of the scam to gather information and have reported the scam to Police Scotland.

 

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence or calls reporting to be from ‘DIT & BOOI LAW CHAMBERS’ or anyone claiming to work for an organisation giving itself that name.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

 

 

Scam misusing the name 'McNeil’s solicitors'

13 March 2015

What’s the scam?

We have been notified that the name ‘John McNeil, Senior Advocate’ is reportedly being used on scam employment offers.

The employment agreements list ‘McNeils’ Solicitors’ as the point of contact for procuring an ‘International Work Certificate and Employee Registration Card.’

The contact details appear as follows:

 Mcneils

While there is a genuine firm of solicitors called McNeil’s based in Ayr, there is no John McNeil working there and they do not use the email addresses listed in the scam employment agreements.

 

What are we doing?

We are in contact with the genuine McNeil solicitors and the police have been informed.

 

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence or employment agreements referencing a ‘John McNeil, solicitor advocate.’ Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

 

 

Scam law firm using the name ‘David Clarkson Solicitors’

13 March 2015

What’s the scam?

We’re aware of a scam reportedly using the name ‘David Clarkson Solicitors’, who claim to be based in Glasgow.

The fake firm’s address and contact details are listed as:

11 Lincoln Avenue,
Knightswood,
Glasgow,
G13 3PY
Tel: +447700004599
Email: dclarksonsolicitors@hotmail.com

This scam is reportedly duplicating a genuine firm in England called David Clark and Co.

 

What are we doing?

The genuine David Clark and Co solicitors’ firm have been notified and the police have been informed.

 

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence reporting to be from ‘David Clarkson Solicitors’ based in Glasgow.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

Scam using the name 'RTS Legal'

13 March 2015

What’s the scam?

We recently learned that a scam firm, RTS Legal (also known as Road Traffic Specialists, also known as Legally Covered), is claiming to be based at an address in Glasgow. The RTS Legal website is using the staff photos and names from the website of a genuine firm based in England called Lupton Fawcett LLP.

We understand that the telephone number used on the bogus website www.rtslegal.co.uk (0843 886 6154) has been used by other scam firms purporting to be based in Scotland (www.blackfriarslegal.co.uk and www.carterlaa.co.uk).

 

What are we doing?

The firm whose website the scam is duplicating have been notified, as have the police.

 

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence or calls reporting to be from ‘RTS Legal, Blackfriars Legal or Carter Legal Associates.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

Scam using the name ‘Carter Legal Associates’

13 March 2015

What’s the scam?

We’re aware of a scam firm who have been claiming to be solicitors called Carter Legal Associates. They have been using the details of a genuine firm of solicitors in Edinburgh called Capital Defence Lawyers in Edinburgh.

View more information about this scam.

 

What are we doing?

The firm whose website the scam is duplicating have been notified, as have the police.

 

What should you do?

Do not respond to correspondence or calls reporting to be from Carter Legal Associates.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can check if a firm or individual solicitor is genuine by using our Find a Solicitor tool.