September 2022 – Fraudulent letters being purportedly written by and then sent from Burges Salmon.

We have recently been made aware of letters fraudulently being written and then sent from some of our Partners which provide fake verification regarding someone either residing in or having vacated a property. The latest letter was entitled ‘Verification of Tenant Ocupancy’ (sic), and was purportedly sent from our Edinburgh office by our Managing Partner, Roger Bull. These letters have in the main been sent to utility companies.

These letters have not been sent by or on behalf of Burges Salmon and we have no involvement in the creation of these letters. Should you receive a letter similar to these please notify us so we can investigate the matter.

 

May 2022 – Suspect emails being sent involving the misuse of the Burges Salmon name

We have recently been made aware of a scam involving an email name and address purportedly having been sent from Burges Salmon and an employee of ours called Mark Lockett.

The email domain ‘@burges-slamon.com’ was registered on the 21st March 2022 and has been fraudulently used in email communication between a mark.lockett@burges-slamon.com and a client a number of times over the past couple of months in order to commit fraud. Mark Lockett is a real member of Burges Salmon. Genuine emails from Burges Salmon however, only use the domain of ‘@burges-salmon.com’.

This scam continues to be investigated.

 

March 2022 – Suspect emails being sent involving the misuse of the Burges Salmon name

We have been made aware of a scam involving an email name and address purporting to having been sent from Burges Salmon and a lawyer named N.Naderi.

The scam email was sent to one of our clients from the email address n.naderi@razi.ac.ir with the header name being Burges Salmo. The email states that N.Naderi is a lawyer at Burges Salmon and they are representing a person who died of COVID 19 on board a cruise ship and relates to this persons estate. The email address used and the name N.Naderi  is not a Burges Salmon email addresses and we do not have such a person working for us. Our genuine email domain is @burges-salmon.com and details of our Partners can be found on our website.

This scam has been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Action Fraud.

 

July 2021: Scam alert involving the misuse of the Burges Salmon name, address and contact details

We have been made aware of a scam involving an email and letter purporting to represent the firm and one of its Partners.

The scam email was sent to a member of the public from the address bristoliannews@markshepherdburges-salmon.com. The email also mentions the email address Marksherpertburges@iol.com, phone numbers 02079804966, 07441 410209 and fax number 0117 992 4400. These are not Burges Salmon email addresses or contact numbers. Our genuine email domain is @burges-salmon.com . The scam email also included a fabricated letter purporting to be written and signed by a Melissa A. Ashburn. The firm does not employ such a person. Mark Shepherd is a partner at the firm but his genuine details can be found on this website along with our contact details.

This scam has been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Action Fraud.

 

May 2021: Scam alert involving the misuse of the Burges Salmon name, address and contact details

We have been made aware of a scam involving an email and letter purporting to represent the firm and one of its Partners.

The scam email was sent to a client from the address philip-beer_burges-salmon@mail.co.uk. This is not a Burges Salmon email address. Our genuine email domain is @burges-salmon.com . The scam email also included a fabricated letter purporting to be written and signed by one of our Partners, Philip Beer. The letter had a contact telephone number of 0117 4090705. This telephone number is not a Burges Salmon number. Our genuine contact details are listed on this website.

 

March 2021: Scam alert involving the misuse of the Burges Salmon name

We have been made aware of a scam involving emails attempting to misuse the name of the firm.

The scam emails use the domains burgesandsalmon@outlook.com and burgesssalmonllb@gmail.com and purport to be from Burges Salmon. We do not use the names burgesandsalmon, burgesssalmonllb or gmail.comoutlook.com as our domain. This scam has been reported to the police and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Genuine emails from Burges Salmon only use the domain of ‘@burges-salmon.com’.

 

General Scam/Fraud guidance

If you receive a communication purporting to be from Burges Salmon and you are in any doubt about whether or not it is genuine, please telephone your usual Burges Salmon contact to obtain confirmation or contact us at report@burges-salmon.com

We report fraudulent activities involving our name or the names of our lawyers and people to the relevant regulatory and law enforcement agencies. You can also report confirmed suspicious e-mails that you receive (also known as phishing e-mails) to the National Cyber Security Centre’s Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at report@phishing.gov.uk

We will endeavour to highlight the major frauds, scams and impersonations we become aware of on this fraud alerts page, but unfortunately the increasing volume and type of frauds and scams means that it is impossible to prevent the misuse of the firm’s name and the names of our lawyers and people.

 

Warning: Money Transfers to Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon bank details will never change during a transaction. Please telephone to confirm our bank details using our contact numbers published in the Solicitors Register on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website before sending us any money.

Given recent high profile media cases regarding fraudulent alterations to bank account details, in particular those relating to law firms, please note that you cannot rely on any bank account details sent to you by e-mail without first verifying them with us, even if they appear to be from this firm.

Key contact

Paul Haggett

Paul Haggett Partner

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