Scam and fraudulent communications

Organisations and law firms around the world are seeing an increasing number of scam attempts and fraudulent communications. These can take many different forms, including using domains similar to our firm’s name and/or impersonating our lawyers over email and other communications. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”. Please be vigilant and exercise caution when it comes to any unusual or unexpected communications - if you receive a communication purporting to be from or refer to Linklaters and are in any doubt about whether it is genuine, telephone your usual Linklaters contact to confirm before replying or taking any further action.

Please see below for further details of specific scam attempts that we have been made aware of. This list is not exhaustive.

We report scam attempts to the relevant regulatory authorities where appropriate and further information can be found on the Solicitors Regulation Authority scam alert page: SRA | Scam alerts | Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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October 2021: Scams involving the misuse of Linklaters’ name

We have been made aware of a scam attempt involving emails purporting to be from Linklaters and attempting to divert payment of an invoice to an unauthorised bank account.

The scam emails use domain names similar to our genuine domain name (such as “@linkllaters.com”).

Linklaters LLP has no involvement in these fraudulent emails and has not changed its bank account details. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”.

If you receive a communication purporting to be from or refer to Linklaters (or our employees or partners) and you are in any doubt about whether or not it is genuine, please telephone your usual Linklaters contact to confirm.

June 2021: Scams involving the misuse of Linklaters’ name

We have been made aware of recent scams involving (i) emails purporting to be from Linklaters using domains similar to our genuine domain name (such as, but not limited to, “@linklaters-uk.eu” and “@link-laters.eu”) and (ii) WhatsApp messages purporting to be sent by a client of the firm, relating to a supposedly confidential business deal and requesting the recipient to call a phone number stated to belong to a partner of Linklaters.

Linklaters LLP has no involvement in these emails or messages. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”.

If you receive a communication purporting to be from Linklaters and you are in any doubt about whether or not it is genuine, please telephone your usual Linklaters contact to confirm.

We have reported these scam attempts to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

March 2021: Scams involving the misuse of Linklaters name

We have been made aware of scams involving emails using the domain “@link-laters.com”  and WhatsApp messages attempting to misuse the name of the firm.

The scam emails use an address similar to our genuine domain name, specifically “@link-laters.com” and purport to be sent by a partner from Linklaters requesting payment of a deposit.

The scam WhatsApp messages relate to a supposedly confidential business deal that requires completion in the UK and request that individuals call a partner from Linklaters at +4420 4538 1474.

We reported both scams to the Solicitors Regulation Authority

March 2021: Scam involving the misuse of Linklaters’ telephone numbers

We have been made aware of a scam involving the misuse of Linklaters’ telephone numbers in calls with automated messages claiming that an arrest warrant has been issued for the recipient of the call.

Linklaters has no involvement in these “spoof” calls where the scammer has set their outbound number as a Linklaters number.  Linklaters  has reported this scam to Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.

December 2020: Scam involving the misuse of the Linklaters name

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

The scam emails use email handles similar to our genuine domain name, specifically “@linklatar.com” or “@linklatars.com”, and purport to be sent by a “Lawyer from Linklaters” requesting payment of an invoice. They have been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”.

If you receive a communication purporting to be from Linklaters and you are in any doubt about whether or not it is genuine, please telephone your usual Linklaters contact to confirm.

October 2019: Scam attempting to divert payments for law firm invoices

We have been made aware of a scam affecting law firms involving emails attempting to divert payments for law firms’ invoices to unknown bank accounts.

The scam emails use domain names similar to the genuine domain of the law firm. Genuine emails from Linklaters only use the domain of “@linklaters.com”.

Linklaters has not changed its bank account details.

If you receive a communication with a notification of Linklaters’ bank account details or if you are in any doubt about a request for payment of an invoice, please telephone your usual Linklaters contact to confirm whether the communication is genuine.

February 2019: Scam involving the misuse of the Linklaters name

Linklaters LLP has been made aware of a scam involving emails attempting to misuse the name of the firm.

The scam emails using the domain of “@liinklaters.com” (please note extra “i” in the email address) have been reported to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Genuine emails from Linklaters use the domain of “@linklaters.com”.

To see the Solicitors Regulation Authority Warning regarding the scam and for further information, please visit:

http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/scam-alerts/2019/Feb/linklaters.page

"419 scam"

Linklaters LLP has been made aware that fraudulent “419 scam” emails are being sent to members of the public purporting to come from an individual who works at the firm.  We wish to inform the public that Linklaters LLP has no involvement with these emails. An example of a “419 scam” email can be viewed here.

Members of the public are advised not to respond to any request to provide personal or confidential information in these scam emails.  For further guidance please visit http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140402142426/http:/www.oft.gov.uk/news-and-updates/press/2009/11-09