Scams & Hoaxes
It is an unfortunate sign of the times that the number of cybersecurity threats to businesses is on the rise. Given the role of solicitors in society, it is inevitable that some criminals will pretend to be solicitors or represent law firms.
Pretending to be a solicitor is a criminal offence. Genuine solicitors will be registered on the roll of solicitors administered by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
We are aware that Gregg Latchams and the names of individual members of staff have been used by criminals in various scam emails, letters and phone calls.
Emails and other communications purporting to be from Gregg Latchams often ask for:
- Bank details to be provided or confirmed
- Payment to be made to a specific bank account
- Personal details of the recipient or someone else to be provided or confirmed
- Confidential information to be provided
- Attachments containing malware, spyware or other malicious code to be downloaded
All calls from us will be made from the Bristol (0117) or London (020) dialling area codes. If you receive a phone call from someone purporting to work for Gregg Latchams from a mobile phone number, you should exercise caution unless you expected to receive the call or you have received calls from such person in the past.
We urge you to exercise caution and not respond to these types of communications if you have concerns about the origin or intention or any communication. We also recommend that you keep your antivirus and anti-malware software updated.
Making or receiving payments
If you are making a financial payment to Gregg Latchams, or receiving one, you should always assume that a fraudulent transaction is likely to occur until proven otherwise – not that a fraud is unlikely to occur. If you make a payment without checking the authenticity of the payment request or account details, we regret that we will not be liable for any losses that you suffer as a result. In such circumstances, you should contact your bank immediately.
Reporting scams/fraudulent communications
If you receive an email or other communication which says that it comes from Gregg Latchams or any person employed by Gregg Latchams or its group of companies and you are concerned about its authenticity, you should take the following steps:
- Check that the email address ends with “@gregglatchams.com”
- Check the name of the sender on Our People page and contact the individual to confirm that the email was sent by him/her
- If you are still in doubt, send a copy of the email or communication to:
Managing Director & Compliance Officer
+44 (0)117 906 9407
We routinely report scam/fraudulent emails to the necessary authorities.
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