2016 scam alerts

Fake law firm calling itself ‘Law TPM & Associates’

10 November 2016

What's the scam?

We’re aware of scam involving a fake law firm calling itself ‘Law TPM & Associates’, who have issued correspondence relating to legal services they claim to offer. The name ‘Natalya Morell, Advocate Associate’ features on a letter sent from ‘Law TPM & Associates’, which we have seen. They claim to have an address at Parker Street in London.

The fake law firm, ‘Law TPM & Associates’, claims to be part of a multinational practice called ‘Newway Holdings’. We’re aware that a falsified certificate of recognition of a multinational practice from the Law Society of Scotland has been produced and may be included in correspondence that forms part of this scam.

There is no firm of Scottish solicitors called ‘Law TPM & Associates’ and no multinational practice certificate has ever been issued to ‘Newway Holdings’.

What are we doing?

This alleged scam is being investigated and any necessary action will be taken.

What should you do?

If you are contacted by a ‘Law TPM & Associates’, do not reply or engage with any offer of legal services. Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can use our Find a Solicitor tool to verify that an individual or law firm is in fact entitled to practise in Scotland.

 

Fake solicitor calling himself 'David Donald'

23 June 2016

What's the scam?

We’ve been alerted to a suspected scam where a member of the public has allegedly received correspondence from someone falsely claiming to be a solicitor called ‘David Donald’ based in Glasgow.

According to the report, the fake solicitor claimed to work on behalf of the 'attorney general' and suggested that the person they contacted was entitled to over £400,000. All they had to do to receive the money was send a cheque of over $2,000 Canadian to an address in Toronto.

However, there is no Scottish solicitor called David Donald and this appears to be an attempted scam.

What are we doing?

This alleged scam is being investigated and any necessary action will be taken.

What should you do?

If you are contacted by a ‘David Donald’ claiming to be a Scottish solicitor, do not reply or engage with any offer of legal services. Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can use our Find a Solicitor tool to verify that an individual is in fact a Scottish solicitor who is entitled to practise.

Individual falsely claiming to be a paralegal

30 May 2016

What's the scam?

We’ve been made aware of an individual calling themselves ‘Susan Fowler’ falsely claiming to be a paralegal and a ‘conveyancing attorney’ working for law firm HBJ Gately. The individual has been sending emails to various parties with the subject line ‘Contract of sale’. The body of the email goes on to explain: ‘Accordingly please see attached updated draft contract for sale and draft TR1 to reflect this.’

We have been in contact with HBJ Gately, who are a legitimate law firm, and they have confirmed that there is no Susan Fowler employed with them.

What are we doing?

The alleged scam is being investigated further.

What should you do?

If you are contacted by a ‘Susan Fowler’ claiming to be a paralegal, do not reply or engage with any offer of legal services or open any attachments contained within the email. Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

If you are suspicious about any individual claiming to work for a firm of Scottish solicitors, contact the firm directly to verify that they are legitimately employed there. You can use our Find a Solicitor tool to search for the contact detail of Scottish law firms.

Fake solicitor calling themselves 'MB Norman Solicitors'

19 April 2016

What's the scam?

We’re aware of an attempt by scammers to pose as a law firm called ‘MB Norman Solicitors’. They claim to have an address in Dalkeith, Edinburgh.

There is no Scottish solicitor or practice of Scottish solicitors with that name.

Correspondence using the name ‘MB Norman Solicitors’ has been sent to a company in Canada. However, the attempted scam may be attempted elsewhere.

What are we doing?

We have reported this case to the authorities and the alleged scam is being investigated further.

What should you do?

If you are contacted by a ‘MB Norman Solicitors’, do not reply or engage with any offer of legal services. Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can use our Find a Solicitor tool to verify that an individual solicitor or law firm is legitimate or to find a regulated member of the legal profession in your area who can offer advice.

Fake solicitor calling themselves 'Tallon Sculthorpe'

4 April 2016

What's the scam?

We've been made aware that an individual calling themselves ‘Tallon Sculthorpe’ is claiming to be a solicitor with the Scottish law firm Irwin Mitchell.

The individual has sent letters claiming to represent clients in the Glasgow area.

However, there is no Scottish solicitor with the name ‘Tallon Sculthorpe’ and this appears to be a scam.

Irwin Mitchell is a legitimate firm of Scottish solicitors with offices in Glasgow and across the UK and they have been made aware that an individual has fraudulently claimed to be a solicitor working for them.

What are we doing?

We have reported this case to the authorities and it is being investigated further.

What should you do?

If you are contacted by a ‘Tallon Sculthorpe’, who claims to be a solicitor, do not reply or engage with any offer of legal services. Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

You can use our Find a Solicitortool to verify that an individual is indeed a solicitor or to find a regulated member of the legal profession in your area who can offer legal advice.

 

 

Scam offering legal services using the name 'Solicitor Legale'

16 March 2016

What's the scam?

We've been made aware of an alleged scam involving a fake legal firm calling itself 'Solicitor Legale' who are offering legal services. They claim to have an address at Baxter Place in Lhanbryde.

The names 'Isaac John', 'Caroline Macdonald', 'Jade Keith' and 'Ian Stewart' have been used in association with the fake firm.

What are we doing?

The relevant authorities have been notified of this attempted scam.                           

What should you do?

If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be from 'Solicitor Legale' in Lhanbryde, do not engage in any offer of legal services. Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

If you live in the Lhanbryde area and need help with a legal matter, you can find a legitimate and regulated firm of solicitors by entering your postcode into our Find a Solicitor tool.

 

Scam offering legal services around immigration

3 March 2016

What's the scam?

We've been made aware of an attempted scam where legal services are being offered to people overseas who want to come and work in Scotland.

The name 'Brian Dorman Solicitors' is being used on materials advertising the legal services. However, this is not a firm of Scottish solicitors entilted to pracise.

We understand that individuals looking for assistance with their immigration application are being asked to transfer money in return for the services.

What are we doing?

The police have been notified of this attempted scam.                           

What should you do?

Always check that an individual or company claiming to be a Scottish solicitor or firm of soilicitors is  genuine and entitled to practise in Scotland. You can do this by using our Find a Solicitor tool.

Contact the police if you suspect a scam.

Scam targeting house purchases

21 January 2016

We’ve been made aware of an ongoing scam which involves fraudsters duping solicitors, house buyers and sellers in order to divert payments to accounts under their control.

The fraudsters have been contacting both solicitors and their clients.

More information about the scam and how to avoid it has been made available by the Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System on an information sheet and via an article on their website.