A law firm received a telephone call this week from someone claiming to be Jonathan Leslie, Digital Fraud Strategy Relationship Manager from Royal Bank of Scotland in Edinburgh. 

The telephone number which appeared on screen was an authentic RBS number. 'Jonathan' indicated that someone in Ireland was trying to activate the firm's business account. 

Similar calls were received by other staff at the firm and at their other offices.

The real Jonathan Leslie has since confirmed that he had not been trying to contact the firm and also confirmed that his identity was being used for fraudulent purposes. 

Protect yourself

Firms are encouraged to remind all staff of the potential for fraudulent calls purporting to be from banks.

If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Use the number on the back of the bank card or statement in order to contact your bank.

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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.