Fraudulent emails can take on many different forms, the most common type is when a fraudster poses as a large organisation with the intent on tricking the recipient into handing over sensitive information.
How a Hoax Email Works
A fraudster sends an email pretending to be from us, or another organisation such as your bank or insurance company.
Most hoax emails are sent with the intention of obtaining money from you under false pretences, or trying to access other personal information. A common scam involving law firms is to send an emailing which indicates we are settling an estate. The email may state the recipient of the email has has the same last name as the deceased, encouraging them to make an inheritance claim.
If the recipient responds to the email the fraudster will usually ask for a fee to begin proceedings. The recipient may receive an official looking invoice from Langley Wellington LLP but the account number and sort code or online payment will be the fraudsters and not ours.
Once the fraudster has obtained any funds from the recipient they will usually stop containing you. At this point the recipient may contact us to find that we have no knowledge of any case.
How to spot a hoax email
Spotting a hoax email from either us or any other organisation can be done using these steps:
Check the senders email address. You may need to click on the senders name in your email program to reveal the actual email address. They may be using ‘Langley Wellington LLP’ as the senders name but you need to check the actual email address making sure you see 'langleywellington.co.uk, after the & symbol. If you do not see 'langleywellington.co.uk' you should contact us immediately.
Query it. If you are not sure an email is legitimate the easiest way is to query it with us, call us on 01452 521 286.
We would strongly advise not clicking on any links in the body of a suspected hoax email as these may infect your computer with a virus or take you to a hoax web page which may ask for you to make online payment or submit other personal information.
What to do if you receive a hoax email
If you should receive any unsolicited emails saying that they have been sent from Langley Wellington LLP, please bring it to our attention by forwarding it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about hoax emails, including common types of scam, can be found on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.