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Solicitors and clients warned to be alert to fake law firms

15 September 2014 | tagged News release

Solicitors and clients warned to be alert to fake law firms

Scottish solicitors are being warned to be on the alert for their details being used at fraudulent law firms.

Qualified solicitors are being targeted by fraudsters who use their details on fake law firm websites and the Law Society of Scotland is urging its members to be vigilant and to inform their professional body if they find their own or colleagues’ names being listed on the website of a firm they don’t work for.

Ian Messer, director of financial compliance at the Law Society, said: “We have recently come across a few examples of solicitors’ details being used on fake law firm websites and it seems that this kind of fraud is on the rise.

“These websites look very professional and would appear to be credible apart from the fact that they are using names of solicitors who do not work there. We would urge both solicitors and members of the public to be aware of this type of fraud.

“The Law Society of Scotland lists all of its practising members in the ‘Find a Solicitor’ section of its website where clients can check the credentials of their solicitor. While it’s highly unlikely that there is a problem, it is worth being cautious and double checking that your solicitor is legitimate.”

“We have reported these instances to the authorities and are urging our members to be vigilant and to let us know if they find any illegitimate use of their details.”

To check solicitors’ details see the Law Society of Scotland Find a Solicitor  

www.lawscot.org.uk/wcm/lssservices/find_a_solicitor/Core/directory.aspx

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For further information please contact: valeriemcewan@lawscot.org.uk

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