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Scams and fraud alerts

Scammers sometimes use emails that purport to originate from Eversheds Sutherland, third parties (such as debt collection agencies), or even personnel within the target of the fraud, and will often impersonate senior figures within those organisations and/or members of their finance teams.

What to look out for

These scams can take many forms and constantly change but they often originate from an email. Examples include the following:

Fraudulent emails and letters

Third parties can impersonate Eversheds Sutherland partners or staff using emails addresses provided by Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail or Yahoo. Letters and emails may include a copy of the firms branding and request you to provide your personal details or request to make a payment in advance for legal services.

Domain name

Scam emails may use domain names that are very similar to Eversheds Sutherland’s genuine domain or are the same but with slight changes in the spelling. Genuine emails from partners and staff at Eversheds Sutherland will either only use the domain names:- @eversheds-sutherland.com@eversheds-sutherland.nl, or @konexoglobal.com@konexoglobal.my, or @konexoglobal.sg

Request to change bank account details

Our bank account details will NOT change during the course of a transaction. If you receive such an email, please telephone your Eversheds Sutherland contact before any payment is made.

Inheritance fraud

Third parties may impersonate Eversheds Sutherland using emails and letters that suggest that the recipient is due a large sum of money (for example, inheritance, unclaimed bank funds or loans) and request the recipient to click on a link or request you to provide your personal details.

False invoice for legal services

Fraudsters can attempt to carry out scams using fake Eversheds Sutherland invoices.  Scams can include contacting clients to inform them of incorrect bank details for payment of false invoices, or contacting clients or non-clients to request payment of fake Eversheds Sutherland invoices. Scams can involve the use of fake email addresses that impersonate Eversheds Sutherland personnel, debt collection agencies, or even personnel within the target of the fraud.

Eversheds Sutherland does not regularly change its bank details. If the bank details quoted differ from those currently held by a client, please contact our Finance team to verify the request before making payment.

Please note the above list is not exhaustive. We would encourage you to exercise caution with respect to any emails that seem suspicious.

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What should you do?

If you receive a communication purporting to be from Eversheds Sutherland that you believe may be fraudulent, or you wish to clarify the authenticity of any payment requests, invoices or names of our lawyers please report the incident to riskandcompliance@eversheds-sutherland.com immediately. DO NOT correspond with the sender.

We recommend that you report any fraudulent correspondence to Action Fraud (UK) or your local law enforcement agency.

Please also see the Solicitors Regulation Authority website for known scams involving UK law firms at http://www.sra.org.uk/alerts/.