Be aware of cybercriminals!
Please do not become a victim of cybercrime.
A fraudster may deliberately misrepresent themselves as a member of, or as someone acting on behalf of or working with, Axiom DWFM for criminal purposes. Such scams normally originate by email, but can also present themselves by way of phone calls and hard copy letters.
Communication from fraudsters may promise the recipient a share of a large sum of money in return for paying a modest sum up front (an advance fee type fraud) or request personal or financial information about the recipient or the recipient’s bank account allegedly so that money can be paid to them (an identity theft type fraud).
In an attempt to give legitimacy or respectability to the scam, sometimes the email will direct the recipient to a false website that intentionally replicates the look of a legitimate website (a cloned website).
The website of the Solicitors Regulation Authority contains a ‘Scam Alert’ database that provides members of the public with information about known scams in which the identity of a legitimate law firm or a legitimate lawyer has been used by persons unknown for what are assumed to be criminal purposes (www.sra.org.uk).
We are aware that:
• the website of this firm and its predecessors/ earlier versions has on occasions been cloned by persons unknown using web hosting companies located abroad for what we believe are criminal purposes; and
• that from time to time scam emails have been in circulation which purport to come from this Firm or a Firm member or from a bogus firm or bogus lawyer with a name which is similar to but not identical to the name of this Firm or a Firm member.
Details of these scams are available from the SRA’s website for you to check and verify.
Scam emails may compromise of:
• emails footers that look similar to that of the firm requesting funds for exchange or completion or other legal matter
• inform the recipient either that lottery winners wish to donate money to them, they might be a beneficiary of the estate of a deceased person or they might be the beneficiary of a recently discovered life insurance policy.
• That there is a delay or change to the transaction and that you should remit funds to another bank account.
Fraudsters may monitor emails for a considerable time so that they have a basic understanding of your matter and therefore you must verify any bank details you receive using a verified source. We will not be responsible for any money that is sent to an incorrect or fraudulent account.
Fraudulent emails should not be replied to or acted upon unless or until their provenance is established.
If you receive an unsolicited and poorly worded email from someone you do not know who is using a free email service and an unusual email address or slightly different email address to that used by the firm and it contains information concerning bank details or an offer that appears too good to be true, it very likely is not true.
If you receive an email purporting to be from Axiom DWFM or a member of the firm, or if you are directed to a website that purports to be Axiom DWFM’s website, and you have doubts or concerns about the provenance of the email or website, before taking any action please either contact the Firm member you normally deal with or email Managing Director Pragnesh Modhwadia ([email protected]) or Director, Tony Mead ([email protected]) and they will tell you whether the email came from us or whether it is our website.