Fraud alert

Cybercrime – including Illegal scams

Unfortunately, cybercrime and fraud are on the increase.

Law firms and legal professionals are increasingly subject to the actions of criminals who try to misuse their name or identity for scams or other illegal purposes – often hiding behind the anonymity of email and the internet.

Examples include sending threatening letters over alleged debts or writing to purported beneficiaries saying they have come into some money under a will or that the recipient’s assistance is needed to obtain some funds.

Equally, there may be phishing emails with malicious attachments made to look innocuous such as an industry update, requests for password or bank account details and links to helpful or relevant websites.

Please act cautiously for your own protection. Key to the scam is the entering into any form of communication with the victim, or making the victim take some action such as clicking a link.

These scams aim to get your money and/or your personal data to use in other illegal activities.

They may not always request money or personal details on initial contact, but often wait until the victim has responded.

If you receive an email of this nature claiming to be from Taylor Vinters, do not correspond with the sender. It is highly unlikely that it originates from Taylor Vinters.

Neither Taylor Vinters nor any Taylor Vinters individual will be responsible for any losses incurred by any such scam. Please see our Terms of Business s1.6 in respect of any limitation of liability

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CHANGES TO BUSINESS INFORMATION – INCLUDING BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS

We will never email you to amend our banking details and should you receive an email purporting to be from us confirming a change in bank details, you are advised to telephone the lawyer dealing with your matter to confirm that the email purportedly from us is genuine.

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT LIABILITY

Taylor Vinters accept no liability for any losses caused by fraudulent persons purporting to be this firm or any of its partners or members of staff

If in doubt, check before acting

We suggest:

  1. You check the email address of the sender. If it does not end “@taylorvinters.com” it is not from Taylor Vinters.
  2. You check the name of the sender on our website. If details of the sender appear there, then please call that individual on the telephone number shown on the website to confirm that the email purportedly from him or her is genuine.
  3. You do not follow unsolicited web links and do not open unsolicited e-mail messages.
  4. You maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
  5. You use caution when visiting untrusted websites.
  6. You do not respond with money or banking or other personal information.

Otherwise, if you have any doubts about the authenticity of emails, or any other document, which purport to be from Taylor Vinters, please contact us at QualityandRisk@taylorvinters.com so we can review the case.

Should you have any concerns over the authenticity of a solicitor or existence of a law firm, we recommend you contact the Law Society, either by telephone on +44 (0)20 7320 5650 (Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:30) or online using their ‘Find a Solicitor’: http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/

More information regarding these frauds can be found at:

Solicitors’ Regulation Authority: http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/fraud-dishonesty/scams.page

Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

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