Warnings about a rise in fake lawyer websites


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Scottish solicitors are increasingly being targeted by fraudsters who use their details on fake law firm websites, according to a legal body.

The Law Society of Scotland said the fake websites looked professional.

But they use the names of solicitors who do not work there in an attempt to lure in, and then scam, unsuspecting clients.

The Law Society urged people to check the credentials of solicitors before using them.

And it has asked its members to be vigilant and to take action if they find their own or colleagues' names being listed on the website of a firm they do not work for.

Identity fraud
Ian Messer, director of financial compliance at the Law Society, said: "It seems that this kind of fraud is on the rise and we would urge both solicitors and members of the public to be aware.

"We would advise anyone who is looking for a solicitor to look at the 'Find a Solicitor' section of our website to check their credentials.

"The information is updated in real time, and only solicitors who are currently entitled to practice are listed. While it's highly unlikely that there is a problem, it is worth being cautious and double checking that your chosen solicitor is legitimate....

Earlier this month, Capital Defence Lawyers in Edinburgh discovered it had been the victim of identity fraud when its lawyers found their details listed on a website for Carter Legal Associates.

Solicitor advocate, John Scott QC, from the firm, said: "It's very unsettling to see our information being used to trick people into contacting a fake law firm, and potentially falling for an online scam. The whole experience has been very time-consuming and stressful.....

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