Scam communications how to avoid them

Phone calls, letters, emails and texts from scammers/ fraudsters can seem legitimate and convincing so it's important to be vigilant and keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

Become familiar with some of the more common scams and the tips on how to keep yourself secure listed below. If you receive any communication purporting to be from DLA Piper or any of our partners or employees about which you are uncertain or suspicious, do not respond and particularly do not provide personal or confidential information. You can check whether an individual is from DLA Piper in the People section of this website or please forward any suspicious communication to [email protected] and we will investigate it.

Keeping yourself secure

  • Scams typically seek to lure you into parting with your own money on the basis that you will receive substantially more in return at some later date. This activity is a common and recognised fraud which has the objective of inducing people to part with their own money in return for empty promises, such as legal assistance.
  • Stay alert when someone you don’t know contacts you – no matter who they claim to be. Often fraudsters will claim they’re from a named law firm or a bank, or they will claim to be a third party appointed to represent the law firm or bank, then trick you into transferring money to a fake account.
  • If someone calls asking for your personal details, end the call. Then call the company back at a telephone number found on their official website.
  • Phishing is a common scam involving emails and fake websites that try to trick people into disclosing sensitive information.

Further information

You can find further information on scams on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website. Unfortunately, we will not be able to recover the funds for you if you have paid money away to a scam. However, we do take all cases seriously and our financial crime team will be happy to take the details of your case.