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Law Society warns solicitors to remain vigilant against fraudsters

26 May 2014 | tagged News release

The Law Society of Scotland has warned its members to be alert to current email scams and bogus bank calls from fraudsters.

Solicitors are being targeted by fraudsters attempting to obtain client account bank details by calling purporting to be from bank fraud or relationship management teams.  

Ian Messer, Director of Financial Compliance at the Law Society, said: "This continues to be a serious current threat to law firms. The callers appear to be knowledgeable, may have appropriate identification and are persistent and we want to remind our members that they should never give out account information to callers.  

"The fraudsters are very convincing and even if a solicitor or member of staff declines to give out account information they may ask them to insert their bank card into the card reader machine for verification. This is another way in which account information can be obtained and we are reminding our members that bank staff will never make these type of calls. If calling the bank back to verify a call, our advice is to be sure to disconnect from the caller and call the bank back from a different phone.

"It is essential that all cashroom managers and cashroom staff are aware of this risk."

The Society has also had reports from members of email messages which appear to come from the website 'Solicitors from Hell.net'. The emails contain the subject title, 'SolicitorsFromHell.net article regarding your firm'.

Members should delete the email without opening it or clicking on any of the links. Anyone with concerns can contact the Law Society's financial compliance team at fincomp@lawscot.org.uk

Those who have opened the email should contact their IT provider for support and alert the Action Fraud police service

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Journalists can contact: Val McEwan on 0131 226 8884. Email: valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

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