Hoax Emails

Hoax Emails

Please be aware that fraudsters may pose as someone from Irwin Mitchell LLP in order to involve you in a scam or a fraud.

Specific Hoaxes

Recruitment Emails

We have recently become aware of emails being sent in response to applications submitted via other websites, indicating they are from the Irwin Mitchell HR department. These emails are false and give inaccurate information. To ensure your application is received by Irwin Mitchell, please send all applications for positions within Irwin Mitchell to recruitment@irwinmitchell.com. This is the only email address we use to accept applications. Upon receipt of the email you will receive an automated response, confirming your application has been received.

Should you be invited to interview you will be contacted by one of the Irwin Mitchell Recruitment Team. All adverts on the Irwin Mitchell website include a contact name and number should you have any queries.

Lottery Win

We have been contacted recently by a number of individuals concerning the lottery win of Mr Adrian Byford and his apparent decision to donate $1m or £1m to certain individuals, as a ‘charitable donation’. The email sent to these individuals indicates that Mr Byford is a client of our firm, represented by a barrister called Scott Jacks.

This is an unauthorised use of our firm’s brand in order to legitimise what appears to be a fraudulent request for the contact information / identity documentation and bank details of members of the public.

Please be aware that this firm does not have any involvement with either Mr Byford, or Mr Jacks and in particular, Mr Jacks is neither a current, nor former employee of Irwin Mitchell LLP.

If you receive an email of this kind, you are advised not to respond to the email, nor provide your contact details, proof of identity nor bank details as requested in the email as to the best of our knowledge, the claim that you have been chosen to receive the sum of £1m or $1m is entirely fraudulent.

We can assure you that we take any attempt to misuse the name / brand of our firm in this way very seriously and will be taking appropriate action.

Other Hoaxes

We have recently been informed of the unauthorised use of the Irwin Mitchell brand in letters sent to individuals alleging their involvement in the distribution of counterfeit clothing.

We have also been made aware of fraudulent correspondence claiming to be from Irwin Mitchell LLP or Queen Street Trustees Ltd (a subsidiary of Irwin Mitchell) offering large investments or suggesting that the recipient was the beneficiary of an unclaimed estate.

General Advice

Scams will often originate via email, over the telephone or via text and will usually offer you a fictitious opportunity to make a large amount of money. You should be particularly wary of any offers that might suggest that you are entitled to:

  • Unclaimed bank funds
  • Unclaimed inheritance
  • Shares or investments
  • Lottery wins
  • Access to compensation
  • Loans or help with debts

The intention of the fraudster will often be to obtain some money from you, perhaps by suggesting that you need to pay an ‘advance fee, ‘administration fee’ or ‘transaction fee’ to unlock funds. Equally however, fraudsters may be interested in obtaining your identity or bank account details.

You should be very careful about making any payments or providing any of your personal information.

You should be suspicious of invitations to become involved in such schemes. In particular you should be wary of:

  • Unsolicited emails
  • Poorly written emails containing misspellings or bad grammar
  • Communications which seek to put you under pressure to act quickly
  • Transactions originating outside of the UK
  • Emails or website addresses purportedly from this firm but which do not end in “irwinmitchell.com”
  • Calls from mobile telephone numbers
  • Addresses for offices which are other than listed on our Our Offices page
  • Requests for money or personal information about you when you do not already have an ongoing matter with this firm.
  • Attachments or web links – We would suggest that you do not open attachments or follow web links that you are unsure about as they may harm your computer or other device. In some cases even opening the email could be harmful to your device.

If Irwin Mitchell LLP do contact you we will always provide you with full details about our firm, how we are regulated and full contact details.

We recommend that you keep your anti-virus and anti-malware software up-to-date to reduce the risk of being caught out by online scams.

More information about scams and frauds can be found at:

Solicitors Regulation Authority - http://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/fraud-dishonesty/scams.page

British Metropolitan Police - http://www.met.police.uk/fraudalert/

US Federal Bureau of Investigations - http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud/fraud

Should you have any doubt about the authenticity of a communication purportedly from Irwin Mitchell LLP or if you wish to report a scam using our name please contact us by emailing: enquiries@irwinmitchell.com.