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Scam Alert Warning - May 2019

There has been an increase in the number of fraudulent scams and email communications that use the name of law firms and their solicitors for the sole aim of extracting monies from unsuspecting third parties or requesting that you comply with a legal warning purportedly from us.

Property transactions are a frequent target for fraudsters as most impostors will attempt to redirect the completion monies and client funds by using emails which will appear to come from our firm. We do not change our bank details and we always advise our clients to check all communications with us which direct you to pay monies to a different client account to which you will have been previously notified by us.

Similarly, a fraudster may seek to intercept the payment of a bill to our firm by asking that payment be redirected to a different account. Be assured that any such email will not have come from us. We always provide our payment details in our client engagement letter and our invoices and they will not change.

You may be directed to a false website that intentionally replicates the look of a legitimate website or uses the name of a legitimate organisation or person (including that of a law firm or lawyer) without their knowledge or permission.

Advance fee fraud usually involves an email communication purporting to be from a legitimate law firm asking you to pay an advance fee to secure your claim. This is likely to be scam.

If you ever have received an unexpected request claiming to be from Cubism Law relating to the movement of funds, please contact the Consultant solicitor dealing with your matter. Please make sure you do so using the normal telephone number for the Solicitor (and avoid using any number provided in any suspect or unexpected communication).

We would further advise you to make an action fraud report to the Police by calling +44 30 0123 2040 or via their website www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Fraud, scams and cyber-crime is one of the greatest risks posed to the public and consumers of legal services. Our clients’ financial security is very important to us and at Cubism Law we are bound by the Principles of the SRA to protect client money and assets as well as to act in the public interest.

More information about scams and frauds can be found at:  Solicitors Regulation Authoritywww.sra.org.uk/alerts/