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Hoax emails

As a large reputable law firm, Slater and Gordon’s name has been the subject of fraudulent emails sent by criminals misrepresenting themselves as members of the firm.

This happens to many large organisations when individuals wish to dishonestly trade on the company’s good reputation.

Although it is possible for a fraudster to pose as a member of Slater and Gordon to entice you into a scam, we’ve put this information together to make you aware of what to look out for – and what to do if you receive such an email.

Hoax emails originate

The emails are sent by internet fraudsters pretending to be one of our lawyers.

Most hoax emails are sent with the intention of obtaining money from you under false pretences. There are many different types of scam (see links below) but, quite often, the emails claim that a lawyer from Slater and Gordon is settling an estate, usually in the scale of millions of pounds, and that the person receiving the email has the same surname as the deceased, encouraging them to make a claim for inheritance.

When the email recipient responds to the hoax email, the fraudster will then ask them to pay a fee so that the fraudulent claim can be processed, often running into thousands of pounds.

When the fraudster has withdrawn all the money they can, they stop communicating with the recipient of the email – who will then directly contact Slater and Gordon to ask for progress on the claim. It is only at that point that they realise that they have been the victim of a scam.

How to spot a hoax email

Although the hoax emails will mention Slater and Gordon and provide a link to our website, etc., they can often be spotted by the ‘suffix’ of the email address they are sent from.

Legitimate emails from Slater and Gordon will end with “” but fraudulent emails will usually be sent from a web-based email address, such as Gmail or Hotmail. Sometimes these emails can be poorly written or put you under pressure to send money or release personal details.

Slater and Gordon will never ‘cold call’ you or send you an unsolicited email. As with all solicitors firms, we’re bound by regulations which govern all solicitors firms and say that we will not engage in this practice.

What to do if you receive a hoax email

If you should receive any unsolicited emails saying that they have been sent from Slater and Gordon, please bring it to our attention by forwarding it to:

Further information

Further information on hoax emails, including common types of scam, can be found on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website.

Please also see:

Action Fraud

Metropolitan Police - Fraud Alert

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