What's the scam?

We have been informed of scam emails being sent to law firms and claiming to be from a client in connection with the purchase of a property.

This particular scam involved two emails being sent consecutively. The first asks for clarification on what information would be needed to provide a quote.  A second email contains a PDF attachment which claims to contain all the information required to produce a fee note.

These emails generally have no ‘To’ line and appear as if the email is part of a wider Bcc.

What should you do?

Do not click the link to download the attachment on these emails.

If you suspect a fraud, or other internet crime, remember to report it on the Action Fraud website.

Where a fraud or scam has actually taken place, it should be reported directly to Police Scotland.

We recommend that you read our cybersecurity guide which includes tips for individuals receiving emails and what to think about before clicking on links and attachments.

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Frauds and scams

Information to help Scottish law firms avoid becoming the victim of fraud or becoming involved in the facilitation of fraud or money laundering.