We have been made aware that from time to time members of the public may be sent fraudulent emails and letters, purporting to come from Clyde & Co or from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, a former practice with which Clyde & Co merged in 2011. Such emails and letters may include a copy of the logo of either firm and relay imaginative factual circumstances with a view to inducing the recipient to provide the sender with personal information or money or both. The emails and letters may suggest that the recipient is due a large sum of money (for example, inheritance, unclaimed bank funds, lottery wins or loans) and request the recipient to pay a smaller sum, sometimes termed a transaction fee or brokerage cost, in order to claim it. Such emails are known to the Metropolitan Police and NCA as "419 scams". Neither Clyde & Co nor Barlow Lyde & Gilbert has any involvement with these emails and letters. Recipients of such emails and letters should not respond to them. If you receive an email which says it comes from Clyde & Co or Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and you have any doubts about it, please take the following steps:
1. Check the email address of the sender. If it does not end "@clydeco.com" "@clydeco.ae" "@clydeco.ca" or "@clydeco.us" it is not from Clyde & Co. The law firm Barlow Lyde & Gilbert no longer exists so any email purporting to come from this entity will be fraudulent;
2. Check the name of the sender on our website. If the name appears there, please contact the individual at the email address or the telephone number shown on the website (not those shown in the email you have received) and ask for confirmation that the email was sent by that individual;
3. If you are still in doubt, please send a copy of the email you have received and any correspondence you have sent or received under paragraph 2 to: Andrew Scott General Counsel +44 (0) 20 7876 5000 email@example.com"
ALERT: We have recently been made aware of a scam in which unsolicited emails are being circulated purporting to be from Austin Barham, a partner in this firm. These emails may set out a fictitious set of circumstances with the purpose of engaging the recipient and obtaining their personal details. If you receive an unsolicited email of this nature, you should carry out the checks outlined above. If the email is not genuine, we recommend that you report it to Action Fraud (0300 123 2040), or, if you are not based in the UK, to your local law enforcement agency.