Having received a very genuine-looking email apparently from another Law firm this week, I decided to check the firm’s phone number online and give them a call. Sadly the firm’s email address had been spoofed.
You’ve probably had this happen too? If you’ve received mail and wonder if it is genuine, you may be able to hover your mouse over the email address and see that the purported sender is not the one who really sent it. Another way to check authenticity when the email is supposed to come from a firm of solicitors, is a handy list of Scam Alerts on the SRA website. If it’s not there, you might want to give the firm a call (getting the number from the internet, not from within the email!) to let them know.
It’s tricky to prevent your address being spoofed. The first you may know about it is a number of bounced emails in your inbox or a call from a friendly solicitor with less-than-ideal news. In which case, if you tell the SRA about the issue, they can add your firm to the list and this will at least help with damage limitation.