Wilberforce hit by email fraudsters

Wilberforce Chambers has been hit by email fraudsters, who have sent out fake bills to solicitors in the set’s name.



Wilberforce Chambers has been hit by email fraudsters, who have sent out fake bills to solicitors in the set’s name.

Wilberforce was alerted last week by a lawyer in Singapore, who received a bill for £4,600 for “loan processing fees” with the chambers’ address and contact details.

Senior clerk Declan Redmond said: “It doesn’t look anything like our bill. They’ve used completely false documentation and we’ve reported it to the police.”

The invoice claimed that the fee was for legal work completed on a £100m loan arrangement.

Redmond said he had heard of similar scams affecting other chambers involving West African email scammers, but that this was the first time Wilberforce had been involved in one.

“Quite frankly I think it’s a one-off,” he said. “Usually if people say we’re not going to pay you then the scammers will just move on.

“My guess is that, if it does happen again, then it could be something more serious.”