Learn more about some of the most common scams and discover tips on how to protect yourself.
Scams usually originate via email, over the telephone or via text and will normally offer you a fake opportunity to make a large amount of money.
You should be particularly wary of any offers that might suggest that you are entitled to:
- Unclaimed bank funds
- Unclaimed inheritance
- Shares or investments
- Lottery wins
- Access to compensation
- Loans or help with debts
The fraudster will often be to obtain some money from you, such as suggesting that you need to pay an ‘advance fee, ‘administration fee’ or ‘transaction fee’ to unlock funds. Equally however, fraudsters may be interested in obtaining your identity or bank account details.
You should be very careful about making any payments or providing any of your personal information.
You should be suspicious of invitations to become involved in such schemes. In particular you should be wary of:
- Unsolicited emails
- Poorly written emails containing misspellings or bad grammar
- Communications which seek to put you under pressure to act quickly
- Transactions originating outside of the UK
- Emails or website addresses purportedly from this firm but which do not end in “notarypublicinlondon.com” or “edwardyoung.co.uk”
- Calls from mobile telephone numbers
- Addresses for offices which are other than listed on our website
- Requests for money or personal information about you when you do not already have an ongoing matter with this firm.
- Attachments or web links – We would suggest that you do not open attachments or follow web links that you are unsure about as they may harm your computer or other device. In some cases even opening the email could be harmful to your device.
If Edward Young Limited do contact you we will always provide you with full details about our firm, how we are regulated and full contact details.
We recommend that you keep your anti-virus and anti-malware software up-to-date to reduce the risk of being caught out by online scams.
More information about scams and frauds can be found at:
Solicitors Regulation Authority - http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/fraud-dishonesty/scams.page
Should you be suspicious about the authenticity of a communication purportedly from Edward Young Limited, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, we will not be able to recover the funds for you if you have paid money to a scam. However, we do take all cases seriously and advise that if you have been the victim of fraudulent activity, you contact the authorities.