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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 [email protected]  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.

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 [email protected] and [email protected].  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.