Scam and fraudulent communications

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