How to protect yourself against conveyancing scams?

How to protect yourself against conveyancing scams?

How to protect yourself against conveyancing scams?

Numerous scams have recently been reported in the press in relation to the conveyancing process. Clients can become victims if communications between them and their solicitors are intercepted by scammers. The Law Society has reported more and more cases of instances where victims have been defrauded of thousands of pounds.

How do the scams work?

The scammers gather information about the property transaction, then right before exchange or completion they send fake emails. These emails look like they were sent by their solicitor and ask for the balance of funds for the property transaction to be sent to an alternative bank account. Scammers typically target individuals who are purchasing properties without mortgage funding and trick them into sending the deposit or the balance of funds to their account. The Law Society together with the National Economic Crime Centre and Action Fraud are issuing warnings of the risk of payment diversion fraud.

A homebuyer was tricked, using the above method, into paying £640,000 to an alternative bank account. The bank details were provided to him on headed paper identical to the one used by his solicitors. The actual solicitor later informed the client that the funds were not requested by the firm and that he has been scammed. Unfortunately, the money was not recovered and as a result the homebuyer lost all his savings and the property he was trying to purchase.

How to protect yourself from conveyancing scams when purchasing?

The Law Society has issued the following tips so you can avoid becoming a victim of scammers.

  1. Whenever you receive an email from your solicitor requesting a transfer of money or for your bank account details, you should call your solicitor to confirm the request has come from them. If the bank details provided in the email are different from the ones provided in the client care letter (or any other secure communication between you and your solicitors) then you should confirm the changes over the phone. This should always be a red flag as law firms rarely change their bank details.
  2. You should double check that the sender’s email address is correct. This will usually be incorrect but as scammers find new ways to hack into emails or create new ones resembling the law firm’s you should still contact your solicitors to confirm if they requested the payment if you are even slightly unsure.

In addition to the above, we would recommend that you always use a secure and private internet connection when transferring funds to your solicitor.

If you receive an email from anyone at GoodyBurrett requesting your bank details or requesting monies, always phone our office immediately to confirm the details before making payment. Please be on notice that it is a policy of GoodyBurrett not to send or accept bank details via email.

For more information on how we could help with your conveyancing needs, feel free to contact us for a free, no obligation quotation.

If you would like any advice from our conveyancing department

Contact GoodyBurrett on 01206 577676 or email [email protected]

How can we help our Elderly Neighbours and Relatives Through Winter?

How can we help our Elderly Neighbours and Relatives Through Winter?

Helping our Elderly Neighbours and Relatives Through Winter

According to Age UK, every Winter one older person dies every 7 minutes due to weather related circumstances. As a Dementia Friend and Elderly Client Specialist Solicitor, I have put together a top tips list to assist you in making sure your elderly relatives and neighbours are safe during winter.

  1. Keep an eye on the room temperature of the main sitting room and the bedroom – If body temperature drops lower than 35 degrees, hypothermia can set in. Popping in regularly, to say a quick hello can let you check the indoor temperature of the house. If left untreated, hypothermia can shut down the body and it is one of the main causes of excess winter deaths in the elderly.
  2. Check smoke alarms are working.
  3. Check that your loved one or neighbour is dressed appropriately for winter – Sometimes people with Dementia do not understand that they should wear different clothing depending on the weather. They may perhaps attempt to go out without a coat or wearing inappropriate footwear. You should think about packing away their summer clothing and making sure their winter clothing, appropriate footwear and warm coat is always out and to hand.
  4. Offer a hot meal if you can – If you are cooking for yourself and your family, perhaps you could make an extra potion and deliver it to an elderly neighbour who may be on their own. Or maybe you could pop in and make them a hot drink before bed.
  5. Talk to them about layering clothing to help keep them warmer.
  6. Keep an eye out for illnesses and know when to seek help. Also make sure they have sufficient medical supplies at home.
  7. Put salt down on their icy paths to avoid slipping over – if you see they have had a fall, don’t try and lift them up as they may have broken bones. Make them as comfortable as possible, stay with them, and call help.
  8. Leave your contact number in an obvious place so that they can call you for help should they need to.

During the winter months when it is darker, and the weather is characteristically miserable, it is more important that even, to engage with our elderly community to help them fight off the winter blues.

We hope that our helpful blog has given you the hints and tips you need to feel well equipped to support your elderly relatives, loved ones and neighbours through the winter.

If you have any questions on Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney, our Private Client team are always here to help.

If our Private Client team can help you please contact

Our Private Client Department on 01206 577676 or email [email protected]