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Fraud Alert

Information about fraud and how to avoid scams

We are aware that occasionally fraudsters use the name of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (CMNO) or the names of its partners or lawyers in fraudulent scam emails, calls or letters.  

New scams are constantly being created and you should be wary of any unsolicited emails, phone calls or letters you receive purporting to be from CMNO.  

Our email domain has the suffix @cms-cmno.com and we do not use Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook or Yahoo email addresses.  Always check the email domain of any message received for addresses that look similar to ours, but are not identical. 

If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from CMNO or one of its partners or lawyers, you should be cautious, especially if it:

  • Uses unusual grammar or poor spelling;
  • Asks you to open attachments or click on links;  
  • Asks you to provide confidential or personal information or your bank details. 

The aim of scams is usually to extract money or personal data from you which may be used in illegal activities.  We strongly recommend that you do not engage at all if you are suspicious. 

What should you do?

If you receive correspondence purporting to be from CMNO that you believe may be fraudulent or you wish to verify, please contact fraud@cms-cmno.com.  We strongly recommend that you do not respond, do not click on any links or attachments and you delete the message once you have informed us.  

Further information about scams involving law firms, including details of known scams, can be found on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website here. 

If you are based in the UK you can also report the incident to Action Fraud, or if abroad to your local police service or fraud agency.  

Unfortunately, we cannot prevent these emails from being sent as they do not originate in our systems.  However, once informed we will take steps to have the domains closed down and report such scams to our regulatory authorities.  

Recent Scams involving the name of CMS and/or its staff

April 2022 – payment request from email address “@cms-CMMO.com”

We have been made aware of an entity impersonating our firm with the objective of requesting the payment of an invoice. The fraudsters have attempted to impersonate one of the firm’s PA’s email addresses (and our Partner Robbie Leckie’s signature) in order to persuade the client to pay our invoices into a different bank account. Although the email from the fraudster appears to be from a CMS email address, it is in fact from “@cms-cmmo.com” rather than our standard “@cms-cmno.com”. The fraudster’s explanation for the change of bank account details were that the firm’s bank account was currently undergoing internal audits and is on temporary hold, so a new bank account was set up to receive payments. The email address “@cms-cmmo.com”  is not an email address associated with the SRA regulated law firm Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP or Robbie Leckie and are a scam attempt. If you receive such an email, please do not reply to it and delete it. 

April 2022 – invoices sent claiming to be from C/M/S Legal/Tax

We have become aware that fraudulent invoices have been sent claiming to be from CMS requesting payment of 15,000 Euros. The invoice was signed by Fredegar Wilfried and provides the SRA number “00079441”. Any business or transactions through “CMS Legal/Tax” or an individual called “Fredegar Wilfried”  is not undertaken by solicitor’s practice regulated by the SRA. The SRA does regulate CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP (SRA number 423370). CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP has no connection to the invoices referred above. 

March 2022 – A website for ‘Aswad Al-Kanaan’ misusing the names and photographs of genuine solicitors 

We are aware that the website ‘www.aswahdlawfirm.com’ is operating and misusing the names, photographs and details of some genuine solicitors. The website  ‘www.aswahdlawfirm.com’ is operating.  The website claims to be for a law firm called ‘The Law Firm of Aswad Al-Kanaan’ but it is misusing the names, photographs, and some details of various genuine solicitors who work at the genuine SRA regulated law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP. The genuine Duncan Weston, David Abel, Eleanor Abbot and Kathryn Abrahams have confirmed that they do not have any genuine connection to the website.

March 2021 - Emails misusing the name of Ben Booker

We have been made aware of a scam using the name of Ben Booker setting out fictitious circumstances and asking recipients to call a number to discuss legal work, or to complete attached documents or in relation to an attached invoice.  These emails came from email addresses bbooker@cmsukltd.com and ben.booker@cms-london.com.  These emails did not originate from CMNO or our Ben Booker and are a scam attempt.  If you receive such an email please do not reply to it and delete it.    

Genuine emails from CMS only use the domain of @cms-cmno.com.